Hope For The Future

Sometimes life is rough. Sometimes I don’t feel good at all. I’ve had a bad back for over ten years, and it affects my whole body. My legs and feet, my arms and neck as well. I’m almost always in pain. I never get enough sleep. I have bad days and better days, but I never actually feel good. Sometimes I feel like no one cares. I’m not telling this so anyone will feel sorry for me. I don’t want that at all.

It’s three o’clock in the morning and I’m awake. In thinking about my suffering, I often try to remind myself that there is always some one who has it worse than I do. I see so many others suffering in this world, and many of them, most of them are in much worse shape than I am. My sister has cancer and is always in pain. My dad just had surgery two months ago to remove a tumor from his colon, and before he recovered from that, he had to have gal bladder surgery. It couldn’t be removed because it was so inflamed it was stuck to the other organs. The doctor closed him up, and now he’s home with drain tubes coming out his body, preparing for yet another surgery.

My cousin is in the hospital after his wife stabbed him in the heart during an argument. I just heard about a woman who was out drinking with her boyfriend and her twenty three year old son. The young man had been in a fight and was still upset on the way home. For some reason he opened the car door and got out while they were going down the highway. The car ran over him, and another mother lost her son.

More babies than ever are being born with birth defects. Many are stillborn and there are many miscarriages. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain and suffering those parents are going through. On the other hand, many babies and children are being abused, and even killed. Pain is everywhere.

I see people every day suffering from some kind of affliction. I know people who have Diabetes, Heart trouble, Cancer, broken or lost limbs, back problems, Emphysema, COPD, and numerous other problems that are visually noticeable. There are many suffering with things that are not so noticeable though. Things like depression, anxiety, broken hearts, emotional problems, drug abuse, physical and mental abuse.

Many are having a hard time making it in this life because of all the physical and emotional problems, but many others are suffering because of the economy. Some don’t even have jobs to take care of their families. Our world is in a mess.

Being a Christian, I trust God to help me and my family through this troubled world, with all the problems it brings. Even so, things aren’t always easy, and sometimes I get discouraged. Sometimes I’m not happy with how things are going in my life. Sometimes I wonder if things will ever get better, but I know, no matter what happens, Jesus will be there to help me make it through it. I always have hope.

My point, in laying out all these bad things that happen to people, is this. Even though I have Jesus to help me through all my problems, at times, things still seem unbearable, so I don’t see how people make it through those terrible times without Jesus by their side. I wonder about the ones who don’t believe in God at all. Where do they seek comfort in times of trouble? Many times they look for comfort from drugs and alcohol, which only adds to the problem.

The apostle Paul said, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.”(1 Corinthians 15:19) What about those who have no hope in Christ? What about those who have no hope at all? It’s sad to think there are so many in this troubled world, suffering from so many kinds of problems, and they have no hope for the future. No hope that things will get better. I believe that’s the main reason so many people end their lives. They have no hope. Jesus wants us to have hope. The Bible is full of messages of hope. Here are a few verses, that mention hope specifically, to help you with whatever you’re going through.

Romans 12:12  Rejoice in hope, be patient in times of trouble, be constant in prayer.

Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in former times was written for our instruction, that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Romans 15:13  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 have much hope.
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