12/06/2017

Skip Lloyd

As a pastor, I’ve been in the presence of people who were dealing with cancer. As you well know, cancer is one of those illnesses that strike fear in the heart of anyone who hears the doctor’s diagnosis, “You have cancer.” When receiving such news, I’m sure the patient, as well as their loved ones, wonder, “Is there hope?”

That’s a fundamental question of life — “Is there hope?”

  • As you sit in the doctor’s office awaiting test results
  • When a couple who’ve put months and months into counseling gets nowhere
  • When dealing with a tax accountant in a bankruptcy court
  • When a family finds out their child is addicted to drugs.

 

The human body can go for more than three weeks without food, three days without water, and three minutes without air, though we don’t recommend trying. But you can’t go a single second without hope. It’s essential to life. When hope is gone, life is over.

 

Because hope is such a necessary ingredient in life, people will fall for all kinds of “false hope.” Things like psychic hotlines, palm readings, astrology, fake healers, and quack cures. Eventually, those false hopes disappoint. And nothing is more disappointing that false hope.

So where do I find real hope? The Bible says to turn to God. Romans 15:13 says, “May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in him. Then you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (GWT).

God is the only source of hope that’ll never disappoint. When we place our faith in Him, He provides joy, peace, and hope that overflows. You need…we all need…that kind of hope. And the good news is, it’s ours for the asking. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12). Whenever we need it, hope is ours for the asking.

At the end of the book of Ezekiel, God says, “I am Jehovah Shammah.” In Hebrew, that means, “I am the God who is always there.” I hope by now, you’ve discovered God is always with you. He’s in your past, in your present, and in your future. He’s in the good places. He’s in the evil places. God is everywhere. We are never, ever alone.

And where God is…hope is.