Bible offers hope in difficult times
A discouraged person writes, “With all the negative news and politics, can you give me a verse of hope and encouragement?”
Remember, this life is short. Considering the political activities of the day, remember that God is in control. The Apostle Peter wrote: “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 1:13).
This message was written to believers those who are born again (I Peter 1:3). It was, and is, to remember that believers have an incorruptible inheritance in heaven (verse 4), which is secure (verse 5). This was and is true, even though the intervening time is difficult and discouraging (verses 6-7) And it is hard to understand, pondered by both the saints of old (verse 10) and angels (verse 12).
Yet we have it with more complete understanding and fulfillment than even the prophets ever dreamed possible.
We are to gird up the loins of our mind. Just as the flowing robes worn by the men of New Testament times had to be bundled up and tied at the waist to allow for rapid, unencumbered movement, so the Christian is to discipline his or her mind. When it comes to politics, study your Bible and study your candidates and vote for the one with the most Biblical principles. Being mindful to renounce all sinful thoughts and action in your own life.
To do this we must “be sober, be clear-headed, calm, and in control.” We must “hope to the end,” or more explicitly “hope to the uttermost degree.” Christ is our hope. The Bible meaning of “hope” implies a command to “fix our hope” on Him, a sure hope, not a wishful hope. This is the grace that is brought to the believer.
If you have a Bible question write to Pastor Lenard Huebscher 12721 – 75th Street North, Stillwater MN. 651.430.3132 www.stillwaterbaptist.net