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by Lynn Sheldon
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By Lynn E. Sheldon

Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face. Job 13:15 NIV

What do Christians have that atheists do not? We have hope. Well, let me clarify this statement before I go on.

By this I mean we have hope in something greater than ourselves. We have hope in Christ, the “Rock” of our salvation.

This is much different than those who do not believe in God. Their hope is in dust. This is true. By this, I mean they hope there is no judgment after their life is through. So, they say there is no God and when we die, we become dust.

Why people buy into this nonsense, I may never know. However, I can take an educated guess. They hope in dust so they can live the life they want to live without any worry about a Creator or final judgment. Thus, to avoid these, they deny God, say there is no hell and declare their final resting place to be dust—that’s where their hope for eternity lies.

One of the greatest needs for mankind is the need to have hope. Hope keeps us alive. It gives the mother of the sick child the ability to go one more day, hoping for a miracle from God or the right medicine to heal the child.

Hope gives believers a place to put their faith. Faith in a higher power, someone who can guide us into all truth. Faith in the One who created us set us free from sin and gave us a pardon from judgment.

Yes, our faith is not in dust, but in the “Rock.” It is with Christ. He is our hope and our salvation.

In Job 11:18 we read, “You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.”

Job longed for this kind of hope. Hope, where he could rest and remain secure.

This kind only comes through Christ. Although Job never knew Christ, God called him a righteous man. And while God would test Job, one He would preserve Job for all eternity because He believed God and honored His ways.

Job says, “If the only home I hope for is the grave, if I spread out my bed in darkness, if I say to corruption, 'You are my father,' and to the worm, 'My mother' or 'My sister,' where then is my hope? Who can see any hope for me?” (Job 17:13-15)

Job understood what it felt like to lose all earthly hope. He proclaimed, “…where then is my hope?” For everything, but his wife was gone. However, even in the midst of all his troubles, Job knew where to place his hope. Job’s wife, who did not have his deep faith, told him to “curse God and die.” But Job refused. He said if the Lord slays me, I will not curse God. I will follow Him.

Imagine you’re at this exhibit where the atheists have a booth and the Christians have a booth. And you are trying to decide which plan to follow in your life. The Christians talk about the glory, how special human beings are to God, the afterlife, the love, the forgiveness, Christ’s death and resurrection, and a pardon from hell. How we have a sure foundation, a “Rock” to stand on.

All this sounds very good. However, you have one more stop and it is the atheist’s booth. There you hear about science and all the theories that they say disprove God. You hear about how man is no better than any other creature. You hear there is no God and your life will return to dust one day. Now you have to make a decision, “dust” or the “Rock.”

Again, I ask what could possibly attract people to atheism? I cannot figure it out. They have nothing beyond this world. No prayer life, no higher power to guide them, no truth to stand on, other than scientific theories that will mean nothing once they are in the ground and face judgment. They live without hope. Oh, they may have hope in this world, but beyond this world, there is nothing for them. For they deny the truth and live in an alternative reality where they believe no afterlife exists.

Unfortunately for them, their theories about creation have no foundation in truth. And neither does their hope in dust. Both are empty suppositions, based on lies, built on false premises and secured by a hope beyond probability that will one day crumble before our Lord Jesus.

Job had hope in God’s plan for his life. He knew he could not leave this world without a pardon for his sins. Where is your hope? Is it in the “Rock,” Jesus Christ, who came to this earth, died for your sins and rose again? The One who forgives you and offers you mercy and a life beyond the grave. The One who came so you might have hope, joy and life-eternal? Or is your hope in dust?

As for my house and me, we choose the “Rock.”

Copyright 2008

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Judy Wilson 02 May 2008
I choose Christ, i cannot imagine only having myself to believe in. WONDERFUL ARTICLE !


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