A FUTURE AND A HOPE
The theme for this month’s message series is “A Future And A Hope.” GOD’s Word reminds us time after time we should not put our hope in the things of this world. I Corinthians 15:19 states, “If in this life only we have hoped in CHRIST, we are of all people most to be pitied.” Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ, there is no hope in this world. The cross and the resurrection are the only hope for humanity.
Yet, many believers get “caught up” with this life and base their hope on “things going their way.” GOD’s Word, however, declares in II Timothy 2:4 that no soldier of CHRIST JESUS “gets entangled in civilian pursuits”(ESV) or “the affairs of this life”(NKJV).
Why not? Job 7:6-7a declares, “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle and come to their end without hope. Remember my life is a breath…”
Because I do not know a weaver, nor do I not how to weave (!), I looked up the definition of a “weaver’s shuttle.” Here is a definition: “A shuttle is a tool designed to neatly and compactly store a holder that carries the thread of the weft yarn while weaving with a loom. Shuttles are thrown or passed back and forth through the shed, between the yarn threads of the warp in order to weave in the weft.” After reading this definition, I “kind of” get it! The weaver’s shuttle goes back and forth just for a short while. Hence, Job here makes reference to the melancholy brevity of life. Listen to the words of this commentator:
“We lay our foundations, but we have not time to put the corner-stone on our cherished design before we are called hence. The tools drop from our hands ere we have accomplished our purposes. The mirage of life fades before its paradise has been attained. We start with great hopes, but our hairs are gray before we have begun to realize them, and we are in our graves before they are fulfilled.”
Job literally declares that, when he looked at his life in totality, his life seemed to be a meaningless blur, lived without hope.
With the continuing COVID-19 crisis, as well as seismic changes in our culture, it would be very easy for believers to become discouraged and lose hope. But, as Job reminds us, our hope is not found in this world. Our hope is located in JESUS CHRIST and His promise of eternal life. Paul “nailed it” in Romans 8:18: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”We must be reminded constantly that our hope is not “here;” it is “there.” It is not in “this world;” it is in “that world.”
In this coming Sunday morning’s message, I am going to bring a message that reminds us of our future hope. For the non-believer, Ephesians 2:12 says he/she has “no hope and (is) without GOD in the world.” In a world filled with hopelessness, we as the followers of JESUS provide a powerful witness to the world through the hope we possess in JESUS and the eternal life He has provided for us.