When times seem hopeless there is a place of refuge where hope is found. Scripture is full of accounts of people who despaired of the necessities of life only to be clothed and fed, of captives who despaired of going home again being restored, and of loss of life being revived. While the adversities of this life swirl around us and seek to overwhelm us, God’s Word is the place to find solace and hope in these uncertain times.
When the Children of Israel fled the presence of Pharaoh in the great exodus, they could only take with them what they could carry. Their food and water lasted only a few days before running out; their shoes and clothes being only what they were wearing the night the death angel passed over the land of Egypt. God provided manna from heaven to feed them and water from a rock to hydrate them, but He also saw to the needs of their clothing as we read Moses’ words in Scripture, “I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot,” (Deuteronomy 29:5). In recounting how the Lord cared for them, Moses also said, “neither did thy foot swell,” (Deuteronomy 8:4). God’s Word brings hope to all who read.
While being held captive under the rule of King Nebuchadnezzar, the Children of Israel found themselves in great despair far from their homeland. The Psalmist writes in Psalm 137, “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.” Their captors required of them to sing the songs of Zion but they would not, they could not for heaviness of heart. But 70 years later their joy and singing returned as King Cyrus under God’s plan for His Children, permitted them to leave and return to Jerusalem to rebuild the House of God (2 Chronicles 36). God’s Word brings hope to all who read and believe.
It had been four days since Mary and Martha’s brother had died. Jesus had finally arrived with His disciples to comfort the bereaved, or so they thought. Little did they know He had come to perform a miracle to restore their joy and happiness, but more importantly to show HIS power over death. Martha’s unknowing attempt to hinder His work, said, “Lord, by this time he stinketh.” With just three short words, “Lazarus, come forth,” what was once dead came alive, (John 11). God’s Word brings hope to all who read, believe and receive.
In the troublesome times in which we live, God’s Word is our only source of hope. The pages of Scripture overflow with encouragement, hope and most importantly God’s love for us and His plan for our future. Just as He cared for those wandering in the wilderness, those who were held captive, and those who had experienced the death of a loved one, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you,” (I Peter 5:6-7).