Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Daily Message: Hope for the hopeless ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

There's not much, if anything, that can result in a sense of absolute hopelessness like losing someone close to us, someone we love. When we got the news that Amanda had been killed, we were devastated, and I reached that point...hopeless.

I was fortunate though, fortunate that I reached for the Bible and not a bottle, or something stronger. I began reading, not to learn why my daughter was killed, but to learn how I could go on, how I could restore the hope I needed to continue living. One thing I'd always heard was that we would see our Christian loved ones again in Heaven, but I'd never actually read it in the Bible. I knew I had to read it for myself. I had to see it in black and white. I had to read it with my own eyes.

It took a while, but I did find God's promise in the Bible, the promise that we will be reunited with our Christian loved ones when we get to Heaven.
" 13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words." ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

There it is. This passage is that promise. When Christ returns, He will bring them with Him. I will see my beautiful daughter again, and all my Christian family and friends too, in Heaven and for eternity.

I found plenty of other verses that helped me continue, but this was the most pointed that struck directly to my situation. Other verses offer hope in other situations that work to bring us down too, so many I can't address them in this single post.

But today I pray that all who read this post will see there is no need to give up when life's troubles deprive you of hope. Go to the source of hope in times of trouble, the Bible, the Word of God. God, through His Word, will bring you the hope you need to go on, but you have to seek it.

So when you begin to feel hopeless, reach for the Truth that sets you free from the bondage of this world's trials.

If you don't know Jesus as your personal savior, if you're missing the faith, hope, and love written about here, if you want the peace that we as Christians have in our lives, please visit our Got Jesus? page for step-by-step instructions on how to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

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