1 Chronicles 10:4 Nothing Left Without God

Man look out

Saul said to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and run me through, or these uncircumcised fellows will come and abuse me.” But his armor-bearer was terrified and would not do it; so Saul took his own sword and fell on it. 1 Chronicles 10:4 

Life in this world can often seem empty and worthless. There is nothing but struggles and death. People hurting people, wars and crimes. Abuse and hatred abound everywhere one goes. Depression and fear. Anxiety and pain. Hunger and sickness.

This is just a small list of what is wrong in this world on a daily basis all over the world. There is not a location in the world that one of these or something else that is bad is not happening.

When one sees all these things, there appears to be no hope, no reason to go on living. It is depressing. Many people have chosen over the years to end it all, because they do not see any hope.

Saul had started out by serving God. God had chosen him to be the first king of Israel. Saul had chosen to not follow God’s instructions and God chose to remove His hand of blessing on him. God had stated that He would remove Saul as king.

Later, in a battle, Saul was severely injured. Rather than take a chance on living, he ended his life. He had no hope, because he did not have God in his life anymore. He chose to walk away from God.

The world does not have any hope in themselves. A person is born, lives, works, plays and dies. There is nothing after death for them, in their eyes. As they are trying to live life, if things do not go correctly, life becomes pointless or unbearable.

Wondering why one should go through all the pain and suffering becomes the focus. Many, as Saul, choose to end it all, because there is no hope in sight, no reason to keep going through the pain and suffering.

As a believer, you have a hope. You know that in the end you will have eternal life in heaven with no more sorrow or pain. This pain that you may be feeling today is only temporary, in light of eternity.

You can share this hope with the world. Every person in this world needs to know this hope that they can have. When a person knows the hope of Jesus, life becomes worth living.

Have and share this hope with every one you meet.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will share Jesus with everyone you meet; and that many will come to know Jesus as their Savior.

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Job 14:11-12 No Hope

As the water of a lake dries up or a riverbed becomes parched and dry, so he lies down and does not rise; till the heavens are no more, people will not awake or be roused from their sleep. Job 14:11-12

Job is requesting that God remove His hand from his life. He wanted God to look away from him so that he would no longer be in trouble and be tormented. While feeling this, he felt that he had less hope than a tree that dies. A tree that dies leaves seeds behind that grow a new tree. A person who dies is done and can never live again.

During the Old Testament times, there was no hope of life after death. The focus was to live for God while on this earth and be blessed during that time. Once a person died, everything was over, there was no more hope.

The world believes this same way. A person is to live by eating, drinking and partying, because tomorrow they die and all is over. Most of the world believes that once a person dies there is no more life to be found.

Evolutionists paint the picture of survival of the fittest. Only the strong will survive, but only until they die, then it is over. It is a dreary, worthless way of living.

When life is looked at in this manner, it is easy to see why Job wanted God to remove His hand from him. He wanted to be able to live life and enjoy it while alive here on this earth. When he died it would be over.

Jesus had changed all of that. He said that He had come to give life abundantly. Jesus not only comes to give life, He is life itself. Without Jesus there is no life, no reason for living.

As a human being, there will come a day when you will die. Everyone in the world knows that they will die. The difference is that if you follow Jesus, even though you may die, you will live. Your body will be resurrected.

This gives you hope beyond today. It gives you purpose for living, in spite of all the troubles of this life. It gives you something to focus on and aim for. You do not have to live in despair with no hope as Job did.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your savior; that you will have hope in Jesus; that you will not fear death; and that God will fill  you with abundant life.