Believers Hope

Is your God indifferent to things that are happening in the world at large? Is your God indifferent to whatever befalls you? Does He tell you to pray and ask for whatever is needed, but can not be expected to help? Is your God reliable and trustworthy, such that He keeps His word and promises, or is He so distant and aloof you can never really be sure of anything as pertaining to Him? What does God’s word say? Does it contradict itself, with high ideals that never seem to pan out in real world situations? These are not trick or facetious questions. Conflict and tension exists because we live in a fallen evil world, but serve an all powerful God of love. Modern man is lost in this media infused farce of reality.

Scripture says that we live by faith, rather than sight. Which means we believe God irrespective of the rationalization our physical senses suggest. Each of us have different degrees of faith; some believe that Jesus will save us in the afterlife, but leaves us to our free will in this earthly existence. Others believe that God is so loving and intimate that He cares about everything as pertains to us. Somewhere in the middle, are those who are torn between what scripture says and the fact that bad things happen to good people. Joseph could have given in to despair when betrayed by his brothers and sold ito slavery, but he kept faith in God. Ultimately, he told his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20)

Self centered, worldly focused, prosperity teaching is unsupported in scripture, but “there is nothing impossible with God.” (Matt. 19:26; Mark 9:23) The God of the Bible is all powerful, infinitely loving, righteous and just. In this world we will experience tribulation, just as the Lord Yeshua did, but I know of no scripture where Yeshua limited God. Even though He knew His purpose in life was to become a sacrifice for the sins of the world, He earnestly prayed that the Father would find another way. (Matt. 26:39,42) If we hold a grudge against God for what we wanted, expected or thought was right, but did not receive, we are wrong and unjust to accuse our perfect loving God falsely. There is every reason to have Hope in God, even when things are not going our way. Our reasoning and rationalization is compounded by our limited understanding and weak faith. As Peter responded to Yeshua, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God. (John 6:68-69)

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