We were tortured & were without hope

Rick Warren said this in his book the Purpose Driven Life:

“Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.”


How terrible it must be to live without hope. I cannot think of anything worse. That every day and every night, you are faced by circumstances where you are powerless and there is no way to change things. I remember when I was in the military doing my two years’ service, we had a corporal who was preparing us for battle and for physical conditioning. Let me just say he was not the most savoury character. In fact I recall at the time thinking he was the closest thing I have ever seen to someone who embodied Satan himself. Every day he would torture us mentally and he would drive us to breaking point physically. The worst part of it was that I knew that every day for six to nine months this would be my life. There was no rescue coming. I had to stay there and live with those dire circumstances.

The human spirit is however very strong and we all survived to tell the story. The corporal was eventually court martialed for cruelty, ad so justice was served at last. But I recall those days of hopelessness. Nevertheless it was just for months; it was not a life sentence. Take comfort in knowing that God the Father is always watching out for you. Christian hope is based on this simple fact. Never in your life will you be alone. Jesus Christ will walk beside you through your Christian path and this is the reason that you should feel hope.

Psalms 39:7 speaks about us waiting for a bright future. Our hope is firmly placed in God.

Christians are in the unique position that we have a God who is alive, and who is concerned with our every move. Even the hairs on our head are numbered. Hebrews 6:19 speaks about the hope that anchors our soul.

That’s what hope is. It is an anchor for the soul. We are anchored in Jesus, and nothing can separate us from His love. Our story is still to be written. We know from the book of Revelation that in the end, God wins and Satan has been defeated. Where is Jesus now? He is with our father in heaven and in his own words, he has “gone to prepare a place for us”.

If there is one thing we should never lack as a follower of Christ, and that is hope!

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