READ: Psalm 3:2-4 So many are saying, "God will never rescue him!" But You, O Lord, are a shield around me; You are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and He answered me from His holy mountain.
I read an article in the newspaper about a man who was very active and then after a skiing accident had to live as a quadriplegic. The article said that his caretakers had him at a lake and when they turned their back he committed suicide by plunging himself into the lake. The article had a link in it that would take the reader to his personal blog site of "his story". I clicked it and read. I was so intrigued by his story and the pictures and videos that he provided -- that I think I sat for 1 1/2 hours reading it. I couldn't believe what he had to go through on a daily basis - losing so much of his dignity as he described in detail what every aspect of his life was like. When I closed the computer screen, I found myself weeping and weeping.
My thoughts turned from this man - to other people. People I don't even know. They are carrying burdens, pains, hopelessness, and despair with them on a daily basis. It may not be life in a wheelchair, but it's life different than before. Loss of a family member, career, health, finances.... I have heard that all colleges around the U.S. are facing students with massive depressions, fears, loneliness, and the counseling departments are maxed out with appointments.
We can turn on the news - even in the best of days, and suddenly become distracted and even distraught over what we hear and see.
Satan roams about like a roaring lion - seeking whom he can devour. It's easy to see today that he is doing this.
I want to share with all of you today - that there is HOPE. Whatever you are facing - you cannot allow yourself to lose Hope in Jesus Christ.
In Luke, chapter 18, we read about a man who sat by the roadside near the city of Jericho. He sat begging. I'm probably safe to assume that he did this daily as way to take care of himself. He heard a group of people going by and he asked what they were doing. The people told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. The man didn't sit there quietly - no. On the contrary, he cried out saying, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" The people tried to 'hush' him. But he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" Jesus, hearing the man, stood still and asked him to be brought to him. Jesus asked him, "what do you want me to do for you?" The man said, "Lord, that I may receive my sight". Jesus healed him that day - his sight was restored.
Notice the man KNEW WHO JESUS WAS. He was addressing him as "Son of David". This was a Messianic title - the man was addressing him as the Messiah. (Is Jesus Your Messiah? Do you KNOW who He is?) Your Savior - he's BIG enough to hold the world in His hands, and yet He cares for you.
Notice also that the man did not keep quiet - instead he actually became louder. He had HOPE that if Jesus heard him - He would heal him. (Jesus hears you when you cry out to him).
Do you have HOPE today for what you are going through? Maybe your situation isn't as bleak as this man who had no sight or the man who was a quadriplegic. But I believe that many of you are facing things that are HUGE in your life. Today, place your HOPE on the ONE who can be trusted to see you through.
Listen to the song below by Big Daddy Weave. Worship Jesus today as you place your HOPE in Him.
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