Hope In The Present

(Editor’s note: This blog will shut down in two days. I have to pay $100 a year for this blog’s domain. At the present time, I do not have a job and our money is ultra-tight so I don’t have the money to pay for the domain. I appreciate you following my blog. Saturday will be my last post. Thanks, Gregg.)

Just a couple of days ago, I did a blog post on hope. As long as God is on the throne, there is hope. The Bible repeatedly speaks of hope.
Paul said, “Faith, hope and love… but the greatest of these is love.”
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For the I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord; plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer. 29:11).
Ok, but let’s be honest. Those verses do speak of hope. There is hope and we can tell someone “the Bible says there is hope.” But when a person is hurting… when a person is struggling… they need hope NOW. We may speak of hope in the future, but when a person is struggling, they need hope now.
Hope as in… paying the bills…
Hope as in… maybe groceries on the table…
Hope as in… help with marital problems…
Hope as in… they need a job.
Don’t misunderstand me… I believe the Bible… I believe the verses that speak on hope… but that isn’t enough if someone is hurting today.
For example; let’s say a single Mom is working two jobs to make the ends meet. She is struggling. She needs hope. Sometimes we speak of hope in the future… and she may thinking… “Ok, I appreciate hope for the future… but I’ve got to make it until then… I need hope now.”
Today, you may be able to give someone hope. Maybe you can give someone just a little cash if needed. Maybe you can pay a utility bill. Maybe you can repair someone’s car.
It’s nice to quote someone a scripture… but if a person is hungry… or sick… or thirsty… a scripture isn’t all they need. Sometimes they need something tangible. The hope that comes from having their immediate needs met. Let the Lord use you to give someone hope today.

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