The late great Dusty Rhodes, in a promo talking to Ric Flair, once said, “Hard times are when a man works at a job thirty years, they give him a watch, kick him in the butt, and say hey, a computer took your place.” That’s never happened to me, and maybe, that’s never happened to you either, but I’m willing to bet, when it comes to hard times, you have your own story. I know I do. Hard times are inevitable. Maybe you remember losing a job, and it was tough on the family like Dusty was saying, or perhaps it’s something even harder: unexpected illness, a split in the family, or even the loss of a loved one. We all know hard times, but what do you do? What gives you hope? What is that thing that keeps you moving forward?
Sometimes a little pick me up from Rocky does the trick, saying, “it ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” While that sounds great and gets me pumped up to work out and ready to fight, it still doesn’t have that much of an effect on the troubles that come with life.
In 1 Peter 3:15, Peter tells us to “always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” This was a statement made to the church during great persecution in Rome. Christians, at the time, were being set on fire and used as street lights torches. They knew hard times, but they also had hope. Their hope came from the same place we should get our hope today, a risen savior that is coming back again.
In the book of Genesis, God told Adam that if he disobeyed, he would surely die, and when Adam disobeyed, we were all made sinners (Romans 5:19). The Bible calls that disobedience sin and is actually complete rebellion against God, and all people sin, making us enemies of God. But even while we were enemies of God, Jesus, God in the flesh, came to Earth, lived a perfect life,
something we could never do, took all of God’s wrath for sin on the cross where He died. He rose again three days later, showing he had power over sin and death. When we are saved from the wrath of God by God, that should give us amazing hope because who the son sets free is free!
In the song “If…” by Beautiful Eulogy there is a line that I love,
“I would never blame you for evil
Even if you caused me pain
I came into this world with nothing
And when I die, it’ll be the same
I will praise your name
In the giving and taking away
If I have you, I could lose everything
And still, consider it gain.”
To give even more hope, Jesus is going to return one day, and he is going to make all things new! There will be no more sin or death, and we will be with Jesus for eternity! There will be no more hard times, and anything we considered hard times on this Earth will be nothing compared to the glory of God.
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