“In those days you were living apart from Christ…You lived in this world without God and without hope.” Ephesians 2:12 (NLT2)
Our journey in the God Hunt has taken us on a soul safari to find purpose, rest, and now hope. Our souls desperately need hope to survive. I’ve read that most human beings can live for forty days without food, four days without water, and four minutes without air. But we cannot live for four seconds without hope.
When Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus, he described their lives before Christ as being without God and without hope. Hopelessness is a state of being without God. It produces despair that leads many to believe the lie that suicide is an answer. In fact, the rise in the number of people taking their own lives demonstrates our soul’s deep longing for hope.
The good news is that there is hope! And it’s not just a hope to cope, but a confident assurance that God is in control despite how out of control a situation may seem. If you flip the verse that Paul wrote to the Ephesians, you can turn it into a positive declaration that with God you have hope! In the next verse he writes, “But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to Him through the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:13 (NLT)
I love how he repeats the phrase “but now….” It describes a past and present situation that shifts a circumstance from hopelessness to hopeful! What makes the difference? God! When I am united with Christ, I am no longer estranged from God. I have been brought near to Him through Christ’s death and resurrection! In Christ I have hope! In fact, the hope God offers us has a name! His name is Jesus! The Bible calls Him our “Blessed Hope.” When Peter wrote to suffering Christ followers who had been scattered from their homes, he gave them hope. In 1 Peter 1:3 he says, “Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of His great mercy He gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from death. This fills us with a living hope,…” Even in the most painful experiences of life we have hope because we have a God who loves us, a God who cares, and a God who is in control.
As you begin and end your day today on your knees in prayer, thank God for the hope that He brings into your life. You are not without hope because you are united with Christ and He is your blessed hope. God will never leave you or forsake you. Put your hope in Him and worship Him today at church.