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Devotional - week of January 28, 2001


IS THERE ANY HOPE?

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope     (Jeremiah 29:11).

Surveys have shown that many of today’s youth have no hope. They see nothing for them in the future. But the same can be said of people of all ages.

But the Lord would tell us today, as He told Israel in Jeremiah’s day, that there is a hope. There is a future. It is a future greater than anything that can be imagined.

Only God knows why so many believe they have no future. The despair of some is because of a lifetime of failure. Some compare themselves with others and conclude that their inferior brilliance, looks, or talents removes their opportunity for a future. These are only two of what must be many causes for a sense of despair.

The truth is that such things as failures and feelings of inferiority are the steppingstones to a future. And the reason is very simple. One’s hope is always in God. And all the limitations we see about ourselves should turn us to God for our future.

The Lord gives very clear guidance for having Him as our resource for our lives rather than we ourselves.

First, we are to understand that when we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, we are spiritually crucified, buried, and resurrected.

God’s word then explains that we can actually experience crucifixion, burial, and resurrection by obeying five simple commands. Those commands are found in Romans 6:11-13.

Any child of God who believes that what God says about him or her is true and who then moves forward to obey the five commands will have such a transformation in life that all despair will go and hope will fill the heart.