• Jack Selcher

Hope in God


Years ago, off the coast of Massachusetts, a submarine rapidly sank after another ship rammed it. The entire crew was aboard. Other ships rushed to the scene. A diver placed his helmeted ear to the side of the vessel and listened. Someone was tapping Morse code: Is there any hope? Are you filled with hope or still looking for it?


Hope rests on a sturdier foundation than a clear conscience. Your conscience isn’t totally trustworthy. Continued involvement in sin desensitizes it. Paul had a clear conscience even while he was persecuting Christians (Acts 23:1)!


Hope doesn’t depend on being morally perfect. Paul appeared before the Sanhedrin. He opened with a statement about his integrity. Ananias, the chief priest, ordered Paul to be struck on the mouth. Paul then violated Exodus 22:28 by calling Ananias a hypocrite and lawbreaker. Paul blew it. Like him, you’re a person in process. Your hope is in Christ’s perfection credited to your account.


God’s words give hope. Paul was in the Roman barracks in Jerusalem when Jesus brought him a message of hope. “The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “’Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome’” (Romans 23:11, NIV). God’s words bring hope to displace your fear and sense of helplessness. David found hope in God. He wrote, “My hope is in you” (Psalm 39:7, NIV). God is your hope. He’s the way out, back, up, and through.


God’s intervention brings hope. How would you feel if forty people in your town took an oath to kill you before they ate or drank anything? That was Paul’s situation. Don’t count your opponents. Hezekiah didn’t despair even though the Assyrian king’s 185,000 soldiers greatly outnumbered his army. Hezekiah said, “for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles” (2 Chronicles 32:7b-8a, NIV).


How God intervenes isn’t predictable. His faithfulness is. Don’t panic because you can’t see any way out of a situation. God can raise up allies as quickly as mushrooms on a damp night. When Paul’s life was threatened, Claudius Lysias acted quickly to ensure his safety. He sent Paul to Caesarea with an escort of 470 soldiers.

Nothing happens to you without God permission. You won’t be able to explain His ways, but you can always count on Him. Firmly ground your hope in Him. Put that problem in His hands. He’s got you!

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