Hearts shattered by experiences that one can scarcely comprehend! Yes, it is true for people round the Earth. Inside the outer shell of untold millions, are stories so dark, that it would rattle us to the core! Trusts have been broken to smithereens! How is one ever to hope again? How is one ever to trust again? Yet, is it not true, that inside all, throbs the desire to be loved? To be accepted? To be cared about? To be wanted? Indeed, deep inside run strong emotions! Though sometimes the walls have been built so thick, that others don’t have a clue as to how we actually bleed within! Sometimes the broken lash out in anger. Sometimes they’re withdrawn. At other times, drowning ourselves in some addiction or other. And sadly, and too often, that one source of hope that one ought to have, is also gone, the people who call themselves friends, or parents, or grandparents, or – yes – even those who call themselves Christians! Yet, I challenge you to take a moment with me, one who has also been through “tough stuff,” and see that God, in reality, is so much different than people are! So unlike the picture we may have painted in our mind! Indeed, I myself found a friend in Jesus. I found Him to be a friend so distinct from any on Earth! Someone I could trust. Someone I could talk to. Someone who would listen. Someone who honestly cared. Someone who had demonstrated that He loved me! Someone who loved me despite my faults. Someone who was not a fair weather friend. Someone who wouldn’t betray me. I ask, don’t you want to know Him?
To think that sinners can become guiltless! In fact, believers are spoken of as: “Without spot or wrinkle,” “holy and without blemish,” and presented in “splendor”! (Ephesians 5:27) Yes, as it is written, “Our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ”! (1 Corinthians 1:8)
Does it feel to you as if your circumstances are just out to do you in? Does it feel as if it is just completely impossible for you to get your feet under you? As if you can never get ahead? Does it feel as if there’s no way out of this? Well, let me assure you, there is hope! There is a way to rise above one’s circumstances.
First, we must ask ourselves, why are people attracted to religion in the first place? Why not just ignore it all and have a good time as best we know how? Yet, we find that nearly all of mankind has some kind of belief – even if it is evolution. These, having faith in the evolutionary process. Even this portion of civilization is searching for answers, looking for life somewhere out there! They’re trying to find a reason for our existence! However, the greatest portion of Earth’s humanity, is seeking out some kind of god. Some kind of reason or purpose in it all. Something beyond the here and now. For we all know that we won’t be here forever! Just look around and see how rapidly we all are ageing! We are reminded too frequently of the harsh reality, regarding the brevity of life. It seems then, that most of us want some kind of hope beyond our existence down here. Something beyond this life of heartache and disappointments. We want some kind of “happy place” to go to after our life down here is over.
A Father’s Love
Set in 1739, a large wooden ship, with sails bellowing in the icy wind, battles against the raging sea, having its sights set on the hope of finding new land! Aboard is a crew of 8 men, all veterans of the sea. This time however they are making a dangerous voyage across the ocean in unfamiliar seas, hoping against odds that they’ll discover new land!
Days grow into weeks, and weeks into months, as the weary men carry on their mission, sanctioned by the king himself! Supplies beginning to grow scarce; each man is given a daily ration of food. However, each man is careful not to get into any skirmish, as they need to work as a team if they are to succeed. The floors have to be scrubbed, the sails kept in good shape. Every man has his assigned task.
A year and nine days have gone by, and still no sight of land. The captain calls over his lead men and says, “We must break into the emergency stock; we have no food left. At least that should give us another month, but we must find land soon!”