Hope, Like Oxygen

It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”  Since we have that same spirit of[c] faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself.  All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

  • 2 Corinthians 4:13-18

It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”  Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself.  All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

  • Psalm 9:13-18

In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.
I trust in you;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
    will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
    who are treacherous without cause.

  • Psalm 25:1-3

“The resurrection of Christ brings hope.  The late Emil Brunner once said, ‘What oxygen is for the lungs, such is hope for the meaning of human life.’  As the human organism is dependent on a supply of oxygen, so humanity is dependent on its supply of hope.  Yet today hopelessness and despair are everywhere.  Peter, who himself was given to despair during the episode of Calvary, writes in a triumphant note, ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again into a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.’  There is hope that mistakes and sins can be forgiven.  There is hope that we can have joy, peace, assurance, and security in the midst of the despair of this age.  There is hope that Christ is coming soon – this is what is called in Scripture ‘the blessed hope.’  There is hope that there will come some day a new heaven and a new earth, and that the Kingdom of God will reign and triumph.  Our hope is not in our own ability, or in our goodness, or in our physical strength.  Our hope is instilled in us by the resurrection of Christ.”

  • Billy Graham, Day by Day with Billy Graham (April 17)

Those who have suffered with COVID-19, those that got the worst of it, struggled with a hope to have oxygen.  Yet through this ordeal, the media has focused on fear instead of focusing on hope.  Could it be possible that in their godless world (not saying all those in the media are godless), there is no hope?  Not even in a human intervention of some kind?  Yet, the more that the narrative focuses on the wrong thing, the less hope there is in the streets.

Hope for our soul is indeed as important as oxygen for the body.  Have you noticed how many of the non-believers have no hope at all.  Then some hope in a government that will take care of them, even wishing a full-blown totalitarian socialist state.  They would give up freedom, just to have some vain thought that this horrible form of government would supply hope.

As Billy Graham said, ”Our hope is instilled in us by the resurrection of Christ.”

As I wrote regarding another Billy Graham quote a few days ago, that the resurrection of Jesus Christ has more evidence for it than many things in world history that we accept as fact.  Yet, the Bible is rejected; God is rejected; and hope is washed away when we pour out the bath water.

It makes a believer like me perplexed.  I try not to be angry, because God has chosen those who will accept Him and understand that only through Jesus can we have the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  It is the individual’s choice to choose Hope.

Breathe in the oxygen and trust in Jesus.  And as you breathe out, share your love for Him with others.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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  1. Indeed, to God be the glory. And when I don’t understand, when the news of the world overwhelms me, I turn to the Rock that is higher than I, and trust in Him.

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    • I try to limit the news. It’s all bad, whether truthful or not. So it increases the stress.

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      • I have actually gone most of my life not watching or reading any news, because too often the news will contain a headline, image, or detail that is a trigger for my PTSD. But in 2017, after having about 30 Neurofeedback treatments, I discovered that I can now take in the news without being triggered. So now, for the past three years I have been reading news reports every day, and occasionally watching the news on TV, and I am astonished at the way the world has deteriorated in the decades since I last regularly kept up with news stories. What a crazy world we live in!

        I keep telling myself that maybe I should go back to avoiding the news again. But after most of a lifetime without it, stopping now is kind of like not watching a train wreck that’s happening right in front of me. It’s horrifying and heartbreaking, and yet — I also see, more clearly than ever, how the whole world needs the Lord Jesus Christ! And through it all, most of the time, I am able to maintain my peace, knowing that the Lord saw all this coming, and He is still on the throne and greater than anything the evil one can plan or do.

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      • Amen. The Bible doesn’t paint an idyllic picture as we approach the end times. In spite of the madness around us, God is still in control. We are safe in His arms.

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  2. I caught an article by Tucker Carlson from Fox— now I typically like and agree with Tucker in most things but the title of his piece was “Science is our only hope”
    Now I did read the article and found it to be solid but the title was misleading— especially to anyone of faith.
    For our HOPE rests in Christ’s resurrection, redemption and victory over death.
    I understand Tucker was looking at the notion of our finding a vaccine, a preventative but I found a serious flaw in his choice of a title—— I think with faith on our side, we have the tenacity to be able to research and find that scientific help!

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