This world is so dark, and is getting darker it seems. It can be hard sometimes not to fall into hopelessness when we set our eyes on the news and the evil, violence, brutal hatred, murder, wickedness, acts of despicable rage and heartlessness, and on and on it goes
But there is a hope we can hold onto and rise above it all and be sheltered from the darkness and find joy and comfort in the midst of it all.
When we remove our eyes from the wickedness all around and set our gaze on the Lord Jesus Christ and the Bible, we can enjoy and rest in the hope and joy of Christ.
When we turn from our own wickedness and are genuinely sorry for our sins and believe Jesus is Lord and died to pay our sin punishment and was raised from the dead, turning to God and His ways, we are granted His forgiveness and given forever life with Him! We become His!
The Lord will shelter us under “the shadow of His wings” when we live in faith in and obedience to Him no matter what awfulness abounds around us.
Rest in Him, friend. Put your trust fully in Him. Put your hope in Him. May He be your hope. May He be your love, peace, joy, praise, and rejoicing. May He be your comfort and guide, your Lord and Savior, your best friend, your redeemer and master, your inspiration and light.
Leave the world’s ways behind and live for the Lord. Hold on for dear life to the hope that is Christ and find joy in the Lord and Savior of the world and in His wonderful, marvelous, awesome, and powerful Word. AMEN!
Lord, help us all to turn our focus from the darkness of this world to you, the most glorious, precious, awesome, amazing, fantastic, fabulous, phenomenal light in the whole wide universe! Help us to follow after you and to find love, hope, peace, joy, comfort, passion, purpose, rejoicing, rest, wisdom, truth, mercy, grace, forgiveness, and wonderful, wonderful light IN YOU, dear Lord. AMEN!
“rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;” Romans 12:12
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always [be]ready to [give]a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;” 1 Peter 3:15
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”” John 8:12
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” Romans 5:1
“Your righteousness [is]like the great mountains; Your judgments [are]a great deep; O LORD, You preserve man and beast. How precious [is]Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You [is]the fountain of life; In Your light we see light. Oh, continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You, And Your righteousness to the upright in heart.” Psalm 36:6-10