It can be hard to hold onto hope in a world where people are daily facing life-threatening situations and health crises.
My children’s uncle has been fighting his battle with cancer for a year this month.
A former coworker’s husband passed away this past week from his battle with cancer.
How often we hear of yet another loved one — family member or friend — who has begun a fight for their very lives. It’s frustrating and discouraging. I find myself asking the same question over and over again. WHY?
I have researched and formed my own conclusions on this issue, but this blog isn’t really about health and nutrition, so why am I discussing this here?
You probably have loved ones who are battling or have battled cancer, and likely other serious health issues as well. I pray these struggles will serve as a reminder to us that life here on Earth is short. We know that the Lord already knows the exact number of our days (Psalms 139:16). We do not. I don’t know when my last day will be, and I don’t know when your last day will be.
That very thought ought to compel us to share the truth with our loved ones, family, friends, neighbors…
We honestly don’t know how many opportunities we’ll have.
We stayed at my uncle’s home during our last trip to visit family, and we had opportunities to see him, to hug him, to talk with him. But our time together was short. Although we knew he was struggling, we didn’t know for sure that it would be our last time to see him. And truly, we never know. Let’s take advantage of the moments and opportunities we have today, and not take tomorrow for granted.
Do you know the truth I’m referring to? If not, let me share with you, lest we miss this opportunity together!
Where is our hope?
We all do things we shouldn’t.
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” No matter what I do, I can’t be good enough to please God, because I have fallen short. The same is true of you.
The penalty for our sins, according to Romans 6:23a, is eternal separation from God.
“For the wages of sin is death”
But wait — there’s good news!
Romans 6:23 goes on to say, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Jesus paid the penalty for us, by dying on the cross in our place, so that we don’t have to be separated from God forever.
Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Not because we deserved it, but as a gift, because He loves us.
However, like any gift, we have to accept it in order for it to truly be ours.
How do we accept this gift? Romans 10:9-10 says, ” If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.”
When we accept this gift by confessing and believing, God forgives our sins, washing us clean, so that we are fit to live with him for all eternity.
Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” No guilt, because the consequence has already been satisfied.
You can also find more information and answers to questions at http://needhim.org/knowing-jesus/the-good-news.