In recent days in America we have seen the potential downfall of a presidential nominee in whom many had placed their trust and, here in the south, the devastation and destruction of a powerful hurricane. These are unsettling times in which we live.
Many, who had great hope for the regeneration of American values and morality, were devastated by the latest political bombshell, while those who lost their homes and, in some cases, all their worldly possessions, in the hurricane are no doubt, questioning the goodness of God.
It is easy to lose hope when the world seems to be falling apart.
However, regardless of the current political landscape or the next scandal to rear its ugly head; no matter what storm, physical or otherwise, comes our way, believers have hope in Jesus Christ.
As I peered through the window of our family room during Hurricane Matthew, watching our many pine trees sway in the worsening wind, the Lord brought to mind the words of a beloved old hymn, The Solid Rock. In 1834 Edward Mote penned these words:
My hope is built on nothing less,
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus name.
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
all other ground is sinking sand.
All other ground is sinking sand.
How about you? On what is your hope resting? A better job? A new spouse? A new home? The perfect church? A new president? Your stock portfolio? The defeat of ISIS?
I know that whatever may come, my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. You see, I have no true control over what happens in this life. A particular political candidate will not solve all our problems. We live in a fallen world. If things get better, it is but for a moment. Then the world will once again spin into chaos and the cycle will continue. But, you see, the state of the world will not destroy my hope. It will not dampen my faith. I believe in a God that is higher, stronger, and mightier than anything that can happen here on this earth.
So, I persevere. I work to make things better where I can. I vote according to my Christian beliefs. I prepare for approaching storms, literal and otherwise. And I do not live in fear. I stand on the solid rock of Jesus Christ, waiting in anticipation for His glorious return.
Beware of placing your hope in sinking sand–things of this world, like political leaders, money, position, or fame. Trust in the one who holds the world in His hands–the solid rock.
“The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love” Psalm 147:11 (NIV)