Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Hope Odyssey

February 15, 2010 by  
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Remember back in Dec. of 1984 the movie that came out- 2010: A Space Odyssey? Back then it seemed that this was a future so far away as to be almost unbelievable. Now, we’ve arrived at that future and things have changed in so many fantastic ways.

Even though it’s been years since I’ve seen that movie, I’ve never quite forgotten the computer that 2010 centered on….H.A.L. The computer was so sophisticated and amazing especially since so few of us had access to one and really knew so little about them. It’s not surprising that it was so easy to believe how HAL could take over and cause so many bad things to happen.

These days with so many having easy access to a computer and little children being so knowledgeable, HAL would seem nearly laughable as a threat. We have advanced much in these years and yet there is much suffering, pain, confusion, sickness and death in our world still. It seems we should have advanced much further in these other areas as well.

Many find the circumstances of the world to be a vast, black hole, sucking all the good out…leaving us without hope, joy, consolation. I could easily fall into that belief as well, but I choose to fight that dark and dangerous thinking. Not that it’s easy, nor do I always succeed in my plan, but I believe we must place hope at the heart of our circumstances in order to get by on a daily basis. In fact, without actively searching for hope we WILL be sucked into that black hole.

What words of wisdom do I have to offer? Myself? None. I can only point to the source of my hope, my joy, my peace and consolation…his name is Jesus. Without Him there is worth believing. Computers crash, cars break down, oil prices soar, food becomes too expensive to get, politicians fail us, governments collapse, money can’t buy happiness, etc. We are assured time and again, through the Bible of what God through Jesus can do in our lives. Psalm 62: 5-8 says, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all time, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” Notice that twice God is referred to as our salvation and our refuge. He is compared to a fortress and a rock and by trusting in Him we will not be shaken. That’s strong language!

Let’s skip forward to the New Testament for another word of hope. I’ve chosen a passage in Hebrews where it speaks of the certainty of God’s promises. Hebrews 6:19 says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” Again, we have strong language speaking of something to hold fast to and of Jesus who goes before us to lead the way and fight for us.

Though the world seems beyond redemption and nearly worthless, Jesus gave His life to save the world. That has to mean that there is still hope for the world. We MUST hold on to that, focus on that, pray for that and NEVER be swept into the black hole of total despair. I CHOOSE to hope in Jesus and His ability to save

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One Response to “A Hope Odyssey”
  1. Deana says:

    Awesome word and very timely. Thank you for reminding us of the hope that is available to us all!