“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us Romans8; 18”.
Sometimes you may feel as if the whole world is ending on you and feel this burden as if there is no hope right? And everybody almost experienced this or he has ever experienced this kind of life or someone is still experiencing this as of today. Some have tried and tried but they grope still towards darkness to look for the answers. Most people today have also given up on the great salvation of our Great God of Glory” Jesus Christ, some say He is not coming back, If He is where he is? So many Christians and the world still have these questions within themselves, we are living in a world of competition now, a world of survive for the fittest, anyway that’s the nature of the world today. Certainly people have waited for long for the second return of Jesus Christ, it’s now over 2017 years, and Christians have gone back to Egypt because there seems to be no Hope.
Most people may seem to be having hope but all in vain, they try to pretend to have this Hope in life that directs everyone in life but still things keep shifting towards the Darkness. If someone has no Hope then the Spirit is dead and has crushed awaiting the death at the door way. We seem to be putting God in the court everyday of ourselves, asking why is all this happening to Me, we reach an extent of calling God unfair, we try to blind ourselves over the Great Word of Truth that God is just and Faithful, we only follow our fallen nature, our own conscience that has not been liberated from the sin of Adam, so the days are gone now, they profess, every day we wake up, and every day we sleep, some fall away from us, and others get sick every day and others are extremely happy and joyous there seems to be a life contradiction in itself, to many this does not make sense, to the latter the world becomes unfair of course and life moves on smoothly for others, what the Hope of Life is. When I was very young and tender, I had many questions of course, who created God and who could have created God who created God, and of course I never got answers those questions may never be answered and will infinite to follow perpetually you when you have no HOPE? You only ask questions of unbelief, when I grew up of course I started seeing things in different perspectives as an old person, I had forgotten about my kiddish questions, it seemed may I had got some hope where I am going, we normally see the physical sky and say that is where God stays isn’t it? We know Heaven is where God lives and his Angels, this is being short sighted and it only reveals that our Hope is not far deep in the things of God, we seem to tag God as if He is very far away from each one of us, some have gone to the Mountains to wait for him and seek him, but still they find no answers,
Paul something to say about this when He found those who were looking for the Hope from God, surprisingly they thought God was very very far away some of our Christians, and the world think, here is the scripture.
For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring’s
“Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, “We want to hear you again on this subject.” At that, Paul left the Council. Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others. Acts17; 23-34.
In Paul’s observation at Athens(Greece) was like he found that people of Athens had given up and then they were worshipping the UNKNOWN GOD, that seemed like they searched and found no name, they concluded by saying to UNKNOWN God in the altars, why was this? Simply because they could not have answers and had not understood that God is not a far away, they took God as if he was very far away from them, they had no idea of Jesus Christ the HOPE. There seems to be a common problem to human race according to my observation, whenever we do not find answers we tend to refer God to a very away place, but we often forget if it’s our problem, Paul continue to explain to the people of Athens, showing them that God who made the Heavens and the Earth does not dwell in buildings or temples, I think people at Athens were doing that because of ignorance and out of disbelief, and that seems to be the problem today, Christians forget about the true HOPE and go into the mountains to seek God as if God dwells in the mountains, if Christians do that today then where is the difference with people at Athens whom Paul directed, God has given HOPE of Life, the Life to live again renewal in the Holy Spirit, by this He has put a condition, that He COMMANDS everyone to Repent, may be Christians today have not read Acts17 to find answers for their destiny in life both life and Salvation. For God is not very far away and neither he is far away from each one of us, for in him we move, we find life and have HOPE we are looking for, when Paul spoke of resurrection from the dead some jeered and others joined him, those who joined him seemed to have found HOPE they had looked for a while. And those that jeered were still locked in unbelief for their unknown God.
Jesus Christ is all our HOPE, and He lives forever, However He does not live in the mountains where people spend their entire nights praising and worshiping demons, when Jesus was asked by the Pharisees about the coming of the Kingdom, He had something to give to those who would have Faith in him. This is what He said…
Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst. “ Luke17; 20-21.
Jesus Christ describes the coming of the kingdom as not something that can be taken by mere observation, this means that Jesus Christ was the end of the Kingdom and He is the Kingdom of God we are seeking for, so the Kingdom is within you, when we find the Kingdom of God we find the HOPE, it’s not in the mountains, not in the Hills, but the Kingdom of God dwells in us what a mystery it is. The reason why we see God as Far away from us and loose HOPE is that we take him as if you will find him in the mountains, may be those who may be at church or maybe somewhere in the Hills that tags the Living God to be a non-movable IDOL which is a big SIN of unbelief. God wants to be in us, that’s his TEMPLE, but again this TEMPLE must be well set, prepared and made fully upright by the Holy Spirit that’s why He commands everyone to REPENT to obtain this HOPE. Then in him we shall find this lost HOPE and this Life we seek everyday of our lives.
When we repent genuinely with our deep Spirit, heart, soul and leave nothing in us that defiles, For God is Faithful He will be ready to give Hope that comes with forgiveness of sins, redemption, and outpouring of the Holy Spirit bearing witness with our conscience that WE are now God’s children if we keep his commands. Life could have no HOPE in itself without Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ is the HOPE of those who believe and look after him happily. Paul boldly spoke to Athens because they had no Hope and had not God, their God was unknown, but we know that our God is very living and He is known, for in him we move, we find Hope, life and our existence.
Someone bold writes in Romans like this;
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans8; 18.
Suffering a lot does not mean that we have no HOPE, the present world is filled with Rage because of sin and the unrepentant life we have lived before God, we are so unfair to God and the creation itself bears witness of this. For if we are suffering today for the coming Glory of God, then we should consider worthless of the suffering in comparison to the inherited coming Glory after endurance to the end, Sufferings in other words leads to Glory and Honor if you stand and Endure. God is Faithful, Loving, Hopeful and gives Hope to those who have Hope in him, but He also gets angry remember and He is Severe as well so as we look unto the coming Hope then we must also be careful lest He burns us with his anger because of unbelief and continuous sin.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Romans8:22-23.
When we have Hope that we see then that seems to be no HOPE, Paul was giving a verdict of trusting in the things that we have as if it were HOPE, the things we obtain should not be the HOPE because they are not permanent, we tend to have this defiled thinking, when we build houses, we have studied may be you have your Master’s degree and also the Bachelor’s degree, on top of that we add may be a good Family, you have children, this may become our HOPE for surviving in physical world but that hinders our eternal HOPE in Christ, if we hope in the things that we see then we have no HOPE at all because it would mean that we are wasting our time that’s what Paul was meaning in this regard, while when we wait for what we do not see then that’s HOPE and perceived by FAITH and LOVE , we wait eagerly for it, imagine when someone promises you something let’s say a car for example don’t you think you wait eagerly you would want to know its color, what type and the rest, so you will have HOPE and keep waiting isn’t it? then that should be the same as we wait for the eternal life it outweighs them all, the things in life only gives a short sight towards God, we may think we have obtained much Yet we have not yet in reality, what a wonderful and surprising life we live today. Today you may have Money and tomorrow you do not have, you may have wealth today and tomorrow is a different story again, and things go on and on. But that does not mean we have no HOPE,
Someone also boldly wrote:
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. 1timothy4; 8-10.
If we are trained physically then we get some value but then godliness has value for all things in both present and the life to come, what a mystery, Paul was writing to Timothy, this seemed Timothy needed counsel in the way of Hoping in God, he could have been passing through some tuff times because of the gospel, but Paul reminded him that we strive and labor because we have put our HOPE in the Living God.
Each time our Hope is in the Living God, Satan does not sleep, He always wants to steal away our Hope in God through Christ, in that he brings so many storms, problems, For Satan is the Head Teacher and the Head of all problems, God does not bring problems He brings trials to TEST our Hope and once we have mastered it, in him we Glory, However, Satan wants to robe the entire Hope by bringing problems, severe sufferings and so forth. As Christians we should take that as the daily bread that we shall have to strive and labor until the last breath, we shall not move on the Matter” someone calls it “okuseyeya” that’s not our call, the part of our call of course is to suffer for the lord Jesus Christ for the sake of the gospel for He passed through the same, setting an example, our HOPE should be in him for he overcame the World but if we not place our HOPE in him then the world might overcome us.
Those who moved with Jesus Christ had many questions and they seemed as if their world was ending, they moved and left their Homes, children but it’s like they never saw anything coming from Jesus Christ, may be some thought by that time they could have obtained the riches they had desired in life since they had the King with them, Peter did not want to wait until His Hopes were raised according to him many could have had many questions in them and Jesus Christ was not reaching them where they expected, when Jesus Christ was talking to a young rich Man, He stated that then it would be hard for the rich to inherit the Kingdom, so Simon Peter could have gotten scared and wanted to look for answers but He wanted to have HOPE.
When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. “Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?”
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God. Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you! “Truly I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.” Luke18; 23-30.
Peter made a statement to Jesus Christ for him to get Hope in Jesus Christ, they could have passed through many things with Jesus Christ, normally Jesus used to answer in parables but in this one He was very direct and plainly spoke, and answered back what Peter had said, it seems it was the question amongst the disciples and Jesus knew it needed a quick answer so He did not wait for a second, He told them that There is much Hope than they expected especially for those who have left their Families and have suffered for the sake of the gospel, and have put their Faith God and in him, both in the present age and the age to come which is eternal life.
For what we are going through, still Jesus Christ gives us HOPE no matter what tribulations may be, no matter what sufferings, but it needs patience to obtain it, Peter was replied with a future tense, in order to have this HOPE in us we need to leave our Sisters, brothers and our Fathers as Hope of life, just like Peter Said, we have left our Families, Sisters, brothers and relatives to follow you. Have we really left our Fathers as HOPE? If we are still believing they are the true Hope then we mislead, are we looking to Jesus Christ for all our answers? If not then our Hope is dim.
We may laugh every day, sleep everyday thinking we have Hope but when day comes like a thief that’s when you can know you had no HOPE at all. Jesus Christ is also ready to answer with the same statement like Peter it was the fact that Peter had left the Family to move with Jesus Christ, meaning all Peters Hope and the apostles had been placed in the King the Lord Jesus Christ. And that’s why you see Jesus was not Hesitant to answer him back immediately.
The first step to this HOPE is Repentance, repentance means total change and total turn away from all sin and things you think have hope into notwithstanding SIN, because SIN is the obstacle to the real HOPE. When SIN is much present in your life, you give greater weight to Men than God, you Fear Men more than God, and that blocks your HOPE of life, Jesus Christ is looking for those who can place their lives in him not only lips, when you Repent from unbelief, selfishness, self-sufficiency and know that we do not originate from ourselves, and understand that Life is never yours neither will it be ours, so that is the beginning of Life and Hope. God is life and the Life belongs to him, we have this HOPE who is Jesus Christ. Do not worry my brother and Sister, for what you go through also is part of our daily bread but that does not take away the Love of God in us through Christ Jesus whom He gave up for the forgiveness of sins by the blood He shed on the cross in him we find redemption and Hope of eternal life.
I have come with this HOPE today to give you more HOPE that God longs to have a dine with you, for He is willing to come and dwell in you for if you have your House in order. For we pass through so many things in life but most of them are for our Glory so do not faint, we are more than conquerors through the Love of him who Loved us and gave his Son the HOPE for the redemption of our bodies, who can separate us from the Love of God He has placed in Jesus Christ his Son? Of course no one not even Angels, not demons, not even Satan, not sufferings that we go through. For the Love of God outweighs them it is with us and in us. Let’s keep this HOPE, and we shall have more HOPE for everything.
Encourage one another that God is our HOPE in Christ Jesus and for as long as is with US who can come rage against us? Not even Satan, Satan only is trespasser. Let’s not take the sufferings in offense but Rather in glory of our Lord Jesus Christ just like some of our first apostles and glorified Jesus Christ.
If you are looking for Peace and Hope in this present yo are mistaken, Our Peace and Hope is Jesus Christ, do not be worried, the world Hates us because it first Hated him, in that if we follow the instruction and the WORD of TRUTH, then we a better HOPE than all.
Be encouraged my brothers and sisters, the Lord is coming back, and we shall be with him forever and ever Amen. Lastly I beseech you my brethren in Christ Jesus lets fight a good fight and contend for the Faith that was first delivered to us by Jesus Christ himself who is the Author of the Faith and the Finisher of our Faith, Lets continue to deliver the word of Truth even though the world is not accepting it. We are not laboring in Vain. We are the children of the Most HIGH God Almighty begotten in Christ Jesus our Lord. For He has loved us and given us this Hope, so let’s keep the HOPE of eternal life Certainly He is coming and I say again He is coming.
I also labor with you in physical and Spirit, as we pass through many tribulations. Pray for me also that I may continue to deliver according to the will of God lest I run in vain. I trust in the Lord Jesus Christ who loved ME dearly when I did not know him, that continues to give Me Hope because He has promised He shall never forsake us or leave us alone. I believe if you keep in repentance genuinely then you are holding this HOPE.
May the Lord of Peace and Hope give you more and bless you as you wait for this HOPE of eternal life.
Grace be multiplied to you all the elect of God in Christ Jesus.
I remain Asher Namanya the fellow labourer in the word of truth and the Glorious Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ saves those who believe.