The Enduring Hope of Christ

“Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them.” Ecclesiastes 4:1 ESV

In the middle of The Preacher of Ecclesiastes’ musings about the emptiness of this world, he directs his attention briefly to the reality of those who are oppressed and without any comfort.  He wonders why the Lord allowed them to ever be born at all, suggesting that non-existence would have been better than this existence.  Certainly, many of us in our time on this earth have seen oppression like that described here and likely thought the same thing.  All the hunger, disease, abuse, and abandonment in the world can be overwhelming and lead to questions like: Why would God allow such a thing as this?  Has He forgotten these people?

You and I know, however, that God has not forgotten these people.  In fact, setting free those who are oppressed is one of the expressed reasons the Son of God stepped out of heaven and into our seemingly hopeless world:

  • “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19 ESV)

Because of the work of Christ, we no longer have to look upon the sad reality of this world as hopeless.  Because of the gospel, the good news of Jesus, these people who are oppressed, poor, captive, and sick (both spiritually and physically) have a future of hope! Our responsibility is to tell them about the work of Christ, so that they can be saved spiritually and, then, continue the work of Christ by taking care of them in their hour of need.  Who do you know that needs to hear this message of hope today?

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Pastor of Mobilization & Young Adults (Online Devotional Guest Author)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Evangelism, Evil, Hope.
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