Our verse for today comes from Ephesians 2:12, ” That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. “
A buddy at work is good friends with a family whose twenty-year-old son is suffering from some form of colon disease. He has been hospitalized and receiving morphine drip for the pain for several days now, and if the doctors are unable to resolve his situation, they will likely have to remove either part or all of his colon. I don’t exactly know how one would manage without a colon. It would seem at the very least that his diet would have to change drastically. I don’t know if other procedures would have to be done within his body to enable him to survive, or if something externally would be used to allow him to live the life that would now be his. But thinking of him led me to wonder about others that we pass by on the street or in the store. What could they be missing that we are completely unaware of? Well, countless individuals have lost a tooth for some reason or another. Surely some pass us by who have lost or donated a kidney. The appendix is prone to flaring up and needing removal. Even parts of limbs that are missing can go unnoticed by most of us.
But what about hope? Can you tell if a person is walking around without any hope? That one’s a lot tougher. In fact, many of those without hope don’t even realize they are walking around without it. But the sufferers are out there, and they’re everywhere. The ones who know it and those who do not. At some point in an NBA game I watched, some of the players, coaches and fans realized all hope was lost for their team. Defeat would be certain and final. If you’ve been in one of those categories, then you know the feeling. The timing could vary, but the reality does not. We all were without hope before God’s saving grace came to us and rescued us. Maybe sports can remind us of that. I know painful diseases and life-altering surgeries can. And I know that there is hope for the hopeless.
As we seek Him today, let your hope in Christ lead you to inquire as to the hope of others. Point them to the Savior who is the hope for all the world.
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