Saturday, January 17, 2009

Where Is Your Hope

Where Is Your Hope?
By Creth D. Hopkins

The world is quickly finding itself in a whirlpool of economic crisis that is sucking down whole nations into financial oblivion. Greed and avarice are the “Scylla and Charybdis” that America faces today; and these monsters are having a field-day with the hope of Americans. Each day brings a new announcement of yet another bailout. And the magnitude of these bailouts is so huge that we have dropped the word “millions,” and have graduated to billions – even trillions of dollars! We are talking figures that are hard to get our arms around.

Presently, we are at $7.76 trillion and counting: this amount is equal to about nine times the money spent in Iraq and Afghanistan. To put it one way, it is equal to about $24,000 for every American in the U.S. – man, woman, and child! Or to put it another way, the amount represents about half the value of everything produced in the nation last year. And there seems to be no end in site. The figures on job losses are just as dismal. The government reported on Friday, saying employers cut 240,000 jobs in October – this brings the year’s total job losses to 1.2 million. Hope for improvement is quickly going down the drain. I recently heard one woman say that half of her 401 account has disappeared in the last month. Where did it go?

The gods of materialism and humanism are servants of Satan, whose sole goal is the destruction of man. And through these gods, Satan has effectively turned millions of Americans down the paths of despair and self-destruction. We have only begun to see the affects of such turning away from the one, true God and His Son, Jesus Christ. The patriarch Job once said, “Such are the paths of all who forget God; the hope of the godless shall perish” (Job 8:13).

Only a true child of God can have hope in such trying times. The Apostle Paul wrote:
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13). Christians have a great opportunity to share Jesus with other people who have no hope in times like these. It is Jesus Who is our Hope! (I Timothy 1:1)

If you do not know Jesus as your personal Savior, repent of your sins, and ask God for His mercy. He will save you, and give you the strength to face the crisis that is before you. Then, you can join with Peter and say: “Blessed be the God and Father or our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (I Peter 1:3).

Where have you placed your hope? If it is in the world, then you are to be pitied. If it is in Jesus Christ, you have reason to rejoice – and have HOPE!

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