Life is difficult and I'm not going to paint some bed of roses picture that just because someone follows Jesus, everything will get easy and better. Incorrect. Things get tougher following Jesus. Tougher but better.
He is the hope for all people.
I've always found music to be comforting when things get tough and hope is harder to hold onto. For that reason I'm gonna proceed with a couple songs that seem to hit on the hope of Jesus pretty well.
So after thinking about this for another 40 hours or so I think I missed some key points. The hope found in Jesus is eternal hope, that those who follow Him will be with Him for eternity. I can't quantify the significance of that but did not intend to focus on that here.
What I was going for was to highlight that in this life there is always a reason for hope. It grows up and out of Jesus as well because He always takes care of us. Nothing can change that. It will not always be easy though, just as taking care of each other isn't always about things being easy, but it is unshakeable.
I sincerely don't know how people make it through a day, much less 80+ years without Jesus. Without the hope and assurance that He provides. Maybe that's why substance abuse is such a big deal and why violence is so rampant, though I would put some blame on technology for that as well. Religions based on works factor in as well I suppose, but it still doesn't compute with me. When I look at everything bad and broken in this world only negative things come to mind. I have to fall on Jesus in those times, knowing that He is in control.
That a small thing like loss of employment or disease, of much greater negative effect, do not supersede Him. He does take care of us. All of us, whether a follower or a blasphemer, are taken care of by the Almighty. I could keep expounding on that but I think I will leave it as the general statement. For those who follow Him, don't worry it is all for His glory and our benefit - however hard it may be see the good in things that happen.
The end....I think