“For I know the plans I have for you, ” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Recently the world was captivated be the perilous fate of 12 young Thai soccer players and their coach who were trapped in a flooded cave for over two weeks nearly three miles underground. Frantic attempts to locate the team and recover them kept people from every continent anxious for the latest updates. Without food or warm clothes, the team searched for a way out but were unsuccessful. Eventually, two British elite divers reached the boys and called out to them. The players later said that hearing their voices offered a “ray of hope” that sustained them until their eventual rescue.
In the midst of trails and hopeless situations it is oftentimes the voice of rescue that soothes our hearts and reminds us that there is hope for a better tomorrow. The prophet Jeremiah called out to the people of Israel in their state of bondage and reminded them that even though they would be held captive in Babylon for seventy years, God would restore them, and He promised them a great future ahead. (Jeremiah 29:11).
Similarly, Christ calls out to each of us today and encourages us to rest and hope in Him. No matter how dark our present circumstances, and regardless of how injured or helpless we might be, we have a rescuing Savior who is calling out to us. We must pause our desperate measures of self-preservation and listen intently to the calming voice of hope that reminds us of Christ’s nearness and His love and concern for our future. It is also important that we echo the message of hope to others so that they too might be released from their fear and helplessness and discover that God is truly a God of hope. All around us are people both young and old looking for a sign of a better tomorrow. What a gift we can give them when we offer them the caring words of Christ himself that He is prepared to take on their burdens and give them divine rest (Matthew 11:28).
Prayer: Father, may I find solace today from your words of promise that remind me of your nearness and willingness to carry me through each and every daunting life situation. I pledge to You that I will repeat the same message of encouragement to others today as You give me the opportunity to share. Amen.
Dr. Keith McBroom
North Metro Baptist Church, Lawrenceville, Ga