“…men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth…” (Luke 21:26)
In my meeting numerous people, especially during the last few months, I’ve detected a mood of despair and gloom. Most of the news is just plainly bad. Personal afflictions are multiplying. Domestic problems are increasing. Society is breaking down. Anarchy is sharply on the rise. There is a dissatisfaction with life in general. Few are really happy. And then, there is the nagging reminder, “We’re (read: I’m) going to die.”
To whom will you turn for advice and real help? Who can give you peace in the midst of life’s storms? How can you keep your sanity in the midst of global insanity? Most organized religious bodies and leaders, politicians, psychologists and multiple others are simply out of solutions! Is there any hope?
Some of us remember the older Christian hymns we used to sing. Around 1922, Helen Howarth Lemmel wrote one of those hymns with these insightful words that are especially applicable for us today:
“O soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see? There’s light for a look at the Savior, and life more abundant and free.
“His Word shall not fail you, He promised; believe Him and all will be well; Then go to a world that is dying, His perfect salvation to tell!
“TURN YOUR EYES UPON JESUS, LOOK FULL IN HIS WONDERFUL FACE, AND THE THINGS OF EARTH WILL GROW STRANGELY DIM, IN THE LIGHT OF HIS GLORY AND GRACE.”
I cannot offer you better advice! There is no hope whatsoever outside of Jesus Christ and His Word, the Bible. Here’s a fitting conclusion:
“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope”
And that’s our only hope or confident expectation!