Is All Hope Lost?

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

This past week has been a tough week for many in America. If you read the news it doesn’t take long to grow cynical, to feel as though all hope is lost.

Consider the society in which we live where wrong seems right and right seems wrong in the minds of many. Whether it’s seeing the people celebrating the justice system redefining a long lasting God defined institution (marriage); or the open assault against our law enforcement officers and support of those involved in criminal activity resulting in societal anarchy; or the video of a Doctor who has taken an oath to protect and preserve life, talking flippantly with “clients” about crushing the thorax and skull of an unborn baby in a certain way that will help them harvest the unborn babies organs all the while eating her salad and drinks her merlot over lunch; or the cold hearted murder of 5 of the finest of our military members by some Islamic terrorist, not on some foreign battle field, but right here on our own soil.

It’s tough to imagine our country has fallen so far into the moral gutter that people actually not only celebrate these wrongs but give approval to this kind of debased behavior. But should we be surprised? The truth of God’s judgment against sin and those who participate in it must not be forgotten.

“Behold, the day of the LORD comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the land a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it.” Isaiah 13:9

Beloved, we are living in a post-Christian America where we are no longer under God’s hand of blessing, but rather God’s firm hand of divine judgement.

“For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Romans 1:21

Paul mentions four ways in Romans 1:21 in which men exhibit their rejection of God: by dishonoring Him, by being thankless to Him, by being futile in their speculations concerning Him, and by being darkened in their hearts about Him. This is the current time we as believers are living in. But are we to lose all hope because of our current circumstances? I’m reminded of what Paul wrote to the church of Thessalonica:

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16–17

May we remember in prayer the families of those 4 U.S. Marines and 1 Navy Sailor who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country and defense of our freedoms. May we as God’s children find hope in the only One Who can give true hope, our God and Savior Jesus Christ and live in such a way as to point others to the Savior.

About scon777

Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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