January 27 2021
Today, Wednesday January 27
One of the saddest things that I have ever faced and dealt with as a pastor, is a person who has come to a place in their life where they have a feeling of utter hopelessness and think that they have no one who cares about them. And they express to me that they are seriously thinking about taking their own life. I’ve actually received phone calls in the middle of the night with the individual asking me to say one last prayer for them before they commit suicide.
We all need a sense of hope, to be able to believe that tomorrow will bring a better day. Over the years on many occasions, I have walked through the slums of Bombay (Mumbai today), and as I looked into the faces and eyes of those I passed, you see the empty look of hopelessness. So, where do you find hope? Here is this passage we learn that one of the endless, eternal benefits and blessings of justification by faith before a holy God is that we can “rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
The first blessing of justification, to be able to stand before God without any guilt, is “peace with God” which takes care of our past. God will no longer hold our sins against us.
The next blessing is “access to God” which takes care of the present: we can come to Him at any time for the help we need.
And today, we can “rejoice in hope of the glory of God”, which takes care of our future. The word “rejoice” is also translated, “boast or joy” in other verses. When Jesus comes into our lives we find what we have been looking for all of our lives! And that is that sense of “fulfillment” or “completeness”. We can always have the deep down assurance that there is a better day or time ahead of us that we can look forward to!
My friend, do you have this hope today! It is my prayer that if you don’t, you will find it in Jesus Christ right now! And if you need help with this please text me, email me, or call me. (540-598-1351 or firstname.lastname@example.org)