Without Hope and Without God in the World

Who are the Eyes of the Lord on? Verse 18 of Psalm 33 tells us that God’s eyes are on those who fear him and on those whose hope is in his unfailing love. Why do we need HOPE? There is a greater reason beyond the day-to-day challenges of life. There is something greater than physical, financial or relational peril. You may be wondering what is greater than being terminally ill, totally broke, or a torn heart. Undoubtedly, those things are a not to be minimized as they really do hurt, but the greatest thing to fear is to be Without Hope and Without God in the World. The Word of God says “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Hebrews 10:30-31 says 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[a] and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”[b] 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

The dread refers to having to deal with God because you did not take advantage of His grace which is Christ and His salvation. “Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.” Ephesians 2:12. I want to remind you that John told us that without Christ 18 … whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son, and 36 …whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” Clearly, the wrath of God evidences His condemnation of the one who remained separated from God because he failed to believe in the name of God’s one and only Son, Jesus.

I am not here to convince you. I have hard enough time of doing that for myself. I am simply here to provide you with that which frees me, the truth of the Word of God. All I can tell you is that once I was blind but now I see. I once was without power to say no to sin; now I can albeit not consistently enough. I once did not have HOPE, but in Christ, I have hope. This is how David concluded Psalm 33. In view of Who is God in this Big World?, we must have hope in Christ. If not, we are Without Hope and Without God in the World.

20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.

Whatever our circumstance is now, God may bring us out of it, or God may bring us through it even death. The greatest focus of our HOPE should be escape the wrath of God. John tells us that God’s wrath remains on him who rejects the Son, Jesus Christ. Where are you? Have you rejected the Son over and over again? Have you surrendered your life to live for the Lord Jesus Christ. Once more, I am not trying to convince you. The life is too hard for that. You must be convinced for yourself that “It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” If you aren’t, you will continue to live separated from God. Don’t be deceived. You are only a child of God if you have surrendered your life to lordship of Jesus Christ. John 1:12-13 “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” As Jesus told Nicodemus, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” Otherwise, you are Without Hope and Without God in the World and in the afterlife which is far worse than any condition, challenge or circumstance in this life. 

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