And his name will be the hope of all the world. —Matthew 12:21
What or who is your hope placed in today? I was recently talking with someone who was putting their hope in his girl friend. She broke off the relationship and he is devastated. She was the focus of his hope. Another person’s hope was their job and when they were laid off their life fell apart. There were the parents who put their hope in their children and when their children did not turn out like they had hoped, they were guilt ridden. Those who put their hope in their health are overwhelmed when their diagnoses is “terminal” (We are all “terminal”). Nations who put their hope in their leaders will be disappointed when they do not do the right thing. Those trusting in their military can expect to be disillusioned when it fails them.
What or who is your hope placed in today? There is only One who we can fully trust. Jesus is the “hope of all the world.” He is the Creator and Sustainer of this world and of everything that He created. He not only created it all, but He holds it all together (Colossians 1:16-17). In Romans 8:28 “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” For those who have truly trusted the Lord Jesus Christ, “all things” are being worked out for their good by God. We can fully trust the Lord Jesus Christ for that. He truly is the world’s only hope. He is truly your only hope and mine.
We may put all our hope in an earthly relationships, but they will fail us. There is not a perfect relationship.
We may put all our hope in our job, but one day the job will no longer be.
We may put all our hope in our children, but when they are grown they are responsible for their decisions.
We may put our hope in our health, but that can change at any time.
We may put our hope in our government leaders, but will they do the right thing?
We may put our hope in our military, but defeat is bound to come.
Oh, that we would put our trust in Jesus above all. He is our only stable hope. He is the only One looking out for our best interest. He is the only One who can work out all the things in our life for good. Yes, He is the only One we can fully trust! I will trust Him! I hope you will too!
Dear Father, I am grateful to know that I can fully trust the Lord Jesus Christ. He proved His loving concern for me at the cross; rising from the dead and that one day I will be with Him in heaven. Oh, out of gratitude may I live the life He desires of me to honor His Name