TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, May 09, 2019:
Tending to see only what is disadvantaged or gloomy; to anticipate the worst outcome; a philosophy that evil will ultimately triumph over good.
I am come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Pessimists are gloomy. Cartoonists draw a gloomy person with a dark cloud over their head. This is just how it is for pessimists. They only see the dark cloud and miss the silver lining. Pessimists anticipate and see only bad outcomes.
Isaiah 22:13 states clearly for us the pessimists view of life: “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” Pessimists see life as hopeless and they just throw up their hands in despair and say everything is meaningless.
When we go back a few generations and look what writers were saying, we can look at one of the so-called greatest writers of his generation, Hemingway who said, “I live in a vacuum that is lonely as a radio tube when the batteries are dead and there is no current to plug into.” For our generation that would be like the TV cable going out or the cell phone connections being blocked.
Another writer, Eugene O’Neill in the book, “Long Day’s Journey into Night” typifies the philosophical attitude of his day when he wrote, “Life’s only meaning is death.”
Godlessness generates pessimism. Pessimism is the philosophy that evil ultimately triumphs over good. That is certainly a gloomy thought. Thanks to God, our loving Father who created us, there is a silver lining. God, who is only good, will triumph over evil and the source of all evil which is Satan, the great deceiver.
Satan only has power temporarily. He will meet his doom. Just as we must read the last chapter of a book to find out the ending, we have only to read the last book in the Bible to find out Satan’s fate. Revelation 21:10 reveals that what waits for Satan is that he will be “thrown into the lake of burning sulfur” and “will be tormented day and night forever.”
Jesus triumphed over sin and death for us so that all who believe in Him by accepting Jesus as their Savior will be forgiven of all their sins and will have eternal life. This is the hope we have as believers and it is an anchor for our soul that is firm and secure (Hebrews 6:19).
We say to these two men, Hemingway and O’Neill who have already passed on, that there is more to life than death. There is more to life than a radio tube that needs to be plugged in. Their books depict life from a hopeless point of view.
Hopelessness leads to a life of darkness. The Bible depicts life from God’s point of view. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” John 8:12. With Jesus in our life we have life to the fullest and we have hope for eternal life that is firm and secure and an anchor for our soul.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Acts 16:31.
Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.
Your love for me, heavenly Father, transcends the hopelessness of this life that so many face. Thank You for coming to give me life eternal and a hope that is an anchor for my soul.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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