Hope for the Helpless

Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
Today’s Readings: Luke 8:40-56; Col. 3:15-25; Ps. 130-131; 1 Chron. 15-16.

Luke 8 is simply astounding. But if you just waft through the accounts and fail to
weigh the collective presentation – you’ll miss the theme. It is repeated 4 times:
Christ is Lord over the hopeless! In 22-25, He is Lord over the hopeless reality
of even nature’s ravages. No one can intervene in storms, tornadoes,
earthquakes, tsunamis and the like – can they? Jesus can! In 26-39, men may
be hopelessly bound by darkest powers of Hell, and in such bondage as a
demonic legion can inflict. But Christ is neither intimidated, threatened nor
taxed. He “breaks the power of canceled sin, He sets the captives free!” Then
again, in 40-56 we have two more. Hopeless, irreversible sickness. 12 years
afflicted. Money spent, treatments exhausted, and nothing the better. But
Christ! And then the pitiful scene with Jairus’ daughter. Nothing, nothing is
more hopeless than death. Unless you are the very Author of Life. Unless you
are the One who spoke the worlds into existence and set the stars in space and
sustain all things by the word of your power. And that beloved IS our Christ!
Isn’t He magnificent? What hopeless situation confronts you today? Lost job in a
depressed economy? Erring child? Horrific moral failure? Fatal diagnosis? Drug
addiction? Impending divorce? Name it. Name it! And what is it that Christ is not
Lord over? Nothing. Nothing at all. He is “Lord of all.” (Acts 10:36) Do not
despair Child of God. Do not let the enemy of your soul make you doubt His
love and care as he did Adam and Eve. There is no darkness in Him, no shadow
of turning. And He alone stands as THE Hope for the hopeless. The Healer, the
Deliverer, the Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Our Lord and our God. Our
soon coming King. Our very Righteousness. Hopeless, is merely what we feel,
before we remember Romans 8:31b – “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
With man, it may even BE impossible, “but not with God. For all things are
possible with God.” (Mark 10:27)


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