What A Man Says
Looking around at so many of the people that I encounter everyday one thing is clear, many people have lost hope. There are so many negative things in this world and if we begin to focus on those things, it can be easy to lose hope. However, when we turn our eyes towards Christ, we will see that hope is always with us.
My wife and I recently had the blessing of being able to produce a series of short films for a local organization that works to serve people who are affected by mental health issues. One part of each of the videos was a testimony from real people who had not only lived through mental health issues, but who had also experienced the freedom that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. It was amazing to hear these stories and to be once again reminded of how real a relationship with Jesus is and also how much He cares for His children. How then is it possible for a person living in this world, who has no hope, to find it once again in the person of Jesus Christ? The verse for today provides a very clear picture.
The first thing that we can observe is that Jesus is not just someone who can give us hope, He is the God of hope. Second, it gives us a cause and effect scenario. When we trust in Him, He will then fill us with joy and peace. But that is not all. When we are filled with His joy and peace, we will then overflow with hope. Isn’t that an amazing promise! To know that when we trust in Jesus, that He is who He says He is, and put our faith in Him that He will bring us to a place in which we will experience joy, peace, and hope. That is a message that the people of this world need to hear.
If you are reading this today and you are in a place in which you feel like all hope is gone and you can’t even imagine what joy and peace feel like, then know this, Jesus Christ is real and He is alive. He wants to give you joy, peace, and hope. He can make a way where there is no way and He can bring hope back into your situation and in your life. Today is the day, trust in Him and place your faith in Him. He will answer you will be set free from a life of hopelessness. Praise the Lord!