What a year 2020 has been! What men dreaded watching on movies and screens had come alive during arguably the scariest year most have ever seen.
Now onwards, mankind wouldn’t see the world the same way as before. Whew, when we thought finally the year is coming to an end, another new strain of COVID with much more vigor has turned up.
And it seems to have serious implications on how the world would function hereafter after seeing many countries closing down their borders.
Many people now seem to have this inherent question – “Are we there?” Symbolically referring to end-times.
Am not going to take on that question but would like to point out that the end-time Bible prophecies once thought were just fallacies by many, are taking shape, form and substance.
These are uncertain times we live in, treading through uncharted waters and it becomes scary especially if we don’t know what the future holds for us.
What’s there on the other side of life? Would we go back to “normal”? These have become inherent questions in many people’s thoughts nowadays.
Questions I too once asked but after believing in Christ I know now for certainty what or who’s awaiting me on the other side. But I do get goosebumps when I think how the world carries on without having this assurance.
The Bible has so many prophecies pointing towards the end-times but it always has one key ingredient that many holy or doomsday books don’t have – Hope.
“For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.” (Isaiah 60:2)
As a believer in Christ, one has surety that though the world becomes darker and darker, God’s glory and guidance will continue to grow more and be seen by others.
The biblical hope doesn’t rely on the world and its state, but on the one who created it.
The Bible talks about how the world was fallen, when man disobeyed and rebelled against God.
And also, how God sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for you and I to redeem us from the fallen world.
The bible promises that whosoever believes in Jesus Christ, become Children of God and have eternal life.
No matter what happens, a believer in Christ knows he is safe in God’s hand as the Bible says, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:28)
What a promise to hold onto during these turbulent times. These are uncertain times but we don’t have to face it alone.
If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I would encourage you to study the Bible and know for yourself, what is the hope I am pitching for.
The Bible says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
We all have to go through the sufferings of the present time, not in disappointment but with the hope that there is an end and it’s a glorious one.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18)
The world is undergoing lots of changes and our souls long for something of a higher form. Most religious people and even ascetics long for that and thus abstain from all forms of worldly entanglements.
The Bible addresses that longing, “For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” (Romans 8:22-25)
We don’t have to lose hope because of all that is happening around us, for whoever believes in Christ has the hope of being guided by Him and being with Him forever.
The Bible also goes on to say, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
And there is a prominent preacher in the Bible named Paul, who went through lots of troubles for faithfully following the Lord Jesus Christ. He wrote many letters in the Bible.
But in his last letter he says, “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” (2 Timothy 1:12)
That’s a profound statement of faith and hope knowing that He who kept him all along will keep him henceforth. I would like you to experience the full assurance of hope, which is found only in the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you would put your Faith in the Love of God, you would have Hope. Would you like to have that Hope in your life?
Have a Hope Filled New Year 2021!