A Hope Eternal

Day 24 - April 18 / Elder Ian Bitler

1 Corinthians 15:19-22

“If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”


I could end this right there.  What a powerful and hopeful verse as we continue to live in a world of uncertainty, pain, heartbreak and sin.  Christ is Risen, He is risen indeed and the result of that resurrection is that His children (that’s all of us that have put our hope in Him) have been made alive once again and will get to spend eternity in the presence of our Savior and our God.

I have spent a lot of time thinking, over the past several weeks, about the current state of the world.  Who would have thought a year ago, even a month ago, that we would be ordered to stay at home (except for our brothers and sisters that continue to go to work each day to keep us safe, keep us healthy, and keep our society moving forward), that we would not be allowed to gather together to worship or fellowship, or that we would be facing an invisible enemy that we still know very little about and still don’t know how to defeat?

God did.  God thought about it and knew exactly how it would impact each and every one of us.  God’s plan is bigger than we would ever imagine and small enough that each and every one of us are individually a part of it.  In His sovereign plan, God also knew that sin would enter the world and that He would have to sacrifice His one and only Son to save it, to save me, to save you.  There isn’t one detail, not one instant, not one person that God doesn’t already know about (Matt 10:29-30).

Do you find your hope in Him? Do you trust that He is in control and you are not?  If you don’t, today is a great day to put your faith in the one true God and receive the peace that comes from His hand.
Prayer Points:
  • Read Psalm 95:1-7 and thank God that He is the Great King
  • Ask God to give you the peace that comes only from Him
  • Ask God how He wants to change you and then let Him
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