“For whatever was written before was written for our instruction, so that through patience and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4. (TLV).
Hal Lindsey said, “Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air…but only for one second without hope.”
The same idea is found in Job’s words when he was faced with unimaginable trials. Listen to what he said, “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and they come to an end without hope.” Job 7:6. The voice translation gives a graphic picture. It says, “My days whisk by swifter than the shuttle in a weaver’s loom— back and forth, and back and forth— and then they come to their hopeless end.”
In short, our life ends sooner without hope.
I heard of an old couple who died of malnutrition on the streets of United States. Later police found out they had $65,000 in one of their drawers in their old and broken house — what a tragic situation. They had money, but for whatever reason, they never used it and died of poverty.
Loved ones, hope is readily available. Will you grab it today without delay?
People need hope to live an endurable and healthy life. However, hope is not something we can go and buy from a shop with a price. There is no price tag for hope. The money would not get you the hope. A famous name, prestige or career would not give you hope. Temporary pleasures would not give you lasting hope. If these would provide hope, why many famous and wealthy celebrities commit suicides?
Beloved, hope for the future is a gift from God, and it is packed in the love letter God sent to you to read and meditate every day. That love letter God sent you is called the Bible or the Scripture. Our today’s Bible insights say this, for whatever written in the Bible is for our instruction. When we read the Bible, it supernaturally sprouts patience and the encouragement in our hearts. The result is we have abundant hope to face life and its challenges. Our passage promises Bible reading gives us patience and encouragement which will result in hope. Then when people ask you the reason for the hope that you have, you gently tell them the secret with respect and gentleness. (1 Peter 3:15). You see the Bible is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16) to germinate in us patience and encouragement. Today, so many people are discouraged, depressed and have no patience merely because they do not read the God-inspired book -the Bible. Bible is the only book that is not made on this earth. It is made in heaven by God himself with full love toward you in His mind.
Are you discouraged? Do you lack patience? I can prescribe the remedy- take your Bible and start reading every single day. What you need is not partying or nightclubs. You need the pure and heavenly Word from God. You need the spiritual bread every day which is His Word, the Bible. You will discover how much you changed over time. You will have more patience and much encouragement resulting in a heavy dose of hope, as you continue reading it.
Beloved, got a moment for today’s prayer? “Father in heaven, I am sorry for my sins. I am sorry I was going after this world for peace, life and hope. I know only you can give me peace life and hope. I admit my mistakes and foolishness in searching in wrong places the things only you can give me. I believe Your Son, Jesus Christ, came to this world to pay for my sins and grant me peace, life and hope. I call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Please save me now and help me to read your love letter – the Bible -every day. Thank you for the peace, life and hope you granted me. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.”