Man's Need Of Hope
From his earliest existence man has struggled for some hope. Something to sustain him in the trials and tribulations of life, something to comfort him in sorrow, and something to give him courage as he faces serious illness and death.
The false hopes entertained by man down through the years are simply expressions of the urgent and desperate need for a real hope.
The dictionaries define “hopeless” as having no expectation, forlorn, or desperate.
The only thing more pathetic than a person who entertains a false hope is the person who has lost all hope (Eph. 2:12). But, Christ supplies the answer—He is our hope (1st Tim. 1:1, Col. 1:27).
What does a Christian hope rest upon?
1. GOD’S PROMISE. Titus 1:2 “In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.”
Man may make promises, excite our desire and expectation, and then go back on their word. But it is impossible that God could break a promise (Num. 23:19).
2. GOD’S POWER. Mark 10:27 “…..With man it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all Things are possible.”
Man may make promises and sincerely desire to fulfill them but fail for lack of means. But whatever God promises He is able to fulfill (2nd Tim. 1:12, Rom. 4:20-21, Eph. 3:20).
3. GOD’S RECORD.
Look at the record. Has God kept His promises in the past? Read the following passages (Gen. 8:22, 9:15-16, Deut. 18:15 ,Dan. 2:44).
We can put our trust in God’s promises then because “He is faithful that promised. Heb. 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
4. GOD’S OATH (Heb. 6:13-20).
If a man’s word is considered more binding if he confirms it with a solemn oath, how much more the promise of God!
Hope is a combination of two essential elements---desire and expectation. The sinner is said to be “without hope” because; he cannot hope for heaven. He may desire to go to such a place but he has no basis for expecting to go there.
The hope entertained by Christians is not some day dream. It is based upon the word and promise, and even the oath of God, and it is centered in Christ. It is an anchor which we can tie our souls to in the storms and struggles of life. Heb. 6:19 “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil.”
- Lowell Kitchen