Do you ever hear a sermon, read a Scripture, hear a radio program or have a friend say just what you needed to hear that day? Well, this message was one of those messages for me.
Do you ever feel like your situation, your struggle, your battle with sin is just going to continue till you die? You have prayed and tried and prayed some more but nothing seems to change.
A recent sermon at our church was from Luke 8 about Jairus, whose daughter was dying, and the woman with the issue of blood for 12 years. In these situations, both these people were helpless in themselves. Jairus had no power or control to change the outcome of his daughter’s illness. The woman had done all she knew to do to no avail and she had no way to solve her problem.
They both did the same thing. They reached out to Jesus. He was their only hope. “And he fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying.” (Luke 8:41-42) “Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment.” (Luke 8:43-44)
Has it occurred to you, like it did to me that morning, that I am helpless in and of myself to “fix” me. I really need a touch from Jesus. I need Him to take me by the hand and lead me every step. He is my ONLY HOPE. But He IS my only hope.
Why is that important? Because until we recognize that we are helpless, in and of ourselves to change ourselves or our situation, we will try this and try that only to slide back into the pit, discouraged. Instead we need to keep turning to Jesus as our only hope. If we genuinely see Jesus as our only hope we will seek Him out in faith and keep believing that He is our only hope. Our hope is well placed in Him.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (NIV) “May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in your faith, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, your whole life and outlook may be radiant with hope.” (Phillips)Romans 15:13
Do you have hope today? YES. HIS NAME IS JESUS.
Diane Hunt served for 16 years on the staff of America’s Keswick until recently when she and her husband relocated to North Carolina. She now continues serving as a contributing writer and Partner Care consultant. Diane is also a Biblical Counselor, speaker, teacher, and author. She delights in the opportunities she has as a women’s conference and retreat speaker to share from God’s word. Many of her illustrations are drawn from her relational experiences as a wife, mother, and mema. They are the very relationships that bring her the greatest joy and the most fun!