DayBreaks for 04/04/12 – There Is Hope
5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:5
Do you ever struggle to find hope? Day after day, you get up and go to the same job where you’ve worked for 20 years. Your finances don’t seem any better, maybe worse, than they were 10 years ago, and your dreams of a retirement vanish into the mist of the future. Perhaps you’ve suffered a long time with a disease or some physical or mental problem. Your marriage is disappointing, frustrating and loveless. And you see no hope for any of the above.
In the early part of World War II, a Navy submarine was stuck on the bottom of the harbor in New York City. It seemed that all was lost. There was no electricity and the oxygen was quickly running out. In one last attempt to rescue the sailors from the steel coffin, the U.S. Navy sent a ship equipped with Navy divers to the spot on the surface, directly above the wounded submarine. A Navy diver went over the side of the ship to the dangerous depths in one last rescue attempt. The trapped sailors heard the metal boots of the diver land on the exterior surface, and they moved to where they thought the rescuer would be. In the darkness they tapped in Morse code, “Is there any hope?” The diver on the outside, recognizing the message, signaled by tapping on the exterior of the sub, “Yes, there is hope.”
If there is a message of Easter that everyone needs to hear it is that there is hope! At the darkest hour in human existence, the Son of God was killed and stuck into a sealed tomb. Dreams had been shattered, hopes dashed, life snuffed out. And the minions of hell were shrieking in delight and laughter, celebrating their victory.
There were NO humans who expected to see Christ alive again. No one. Not one of his followers spent that Saturday night in breathless anticipation, unable to sleep because they were so excited to run to the tomb in the morning and see the risen Lord. No, if they were sleepless, it was because they were destroyed spiritually, emotionally, physically, mentally – by the events of Friday. There was no anticipation. There was no expectation. There was no hope.
Then, on Sunday morning, Christ came tapping on their awareness and hearts, presenting himself to them physically and in person…and hope was born again.
How full is your “hope tank”? This week, be reminded that nothing is impossible with God – NOTHING, not your work, not your marriage, not your finances, not anything. Hope lives!
PRAYER: God, I thank You for hope that keeps us moving forward, that helps us face each day not with resignation, but with expectation! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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