Wednesday, March, 30, 2016 | 3:44 PM | by Pastor Rick
The world in which we live, obviously, is bleak and filled with fearful people who are struggling to make some sense out of life.
Families are full of chaos and disintegration. The more materialistic the culture us, the more this becomes a reality. The more things we possess, the more things occupy is – the less significant our relationships become.
If you live in an isolated part of the world where you have nothing but family, family takes on a completely greater significance.
There is a kind of pervasive angst in our culture. Even in the midst of all this material prosperity, in all of this supposed freedom, people are engulfed in fears, and anxieties, and doubts, and questions.
People are searching for things that give them meaning and the more they fill their lives with stuff the more they find themselves unable to be satisfied, to be at peace, and to have any lasting joy.
Listen! Deep in the heart of all people is a need for three realities.. There are three things people need.
They need to be loved.
They need to be loved unconditionally. They need to be loved lavishly. They need to be loved generously, and they need to be loved by someone who knows all their faults and still loves them that way.
Secondly, they need someone to trust.
Someone to believe in. Someone who’s consumed with their well-being. Someone into whose hands they can place their lives who is powerful enough, and generous enough, and has the resources to secure them in the midst of an insecure world.
They need someone to love them, and someone to care for them, who has the power to rescue them from all their troubles.
Thirdly, people need hope.
They need to know there’s a future. They need to be able to see the light at the end of the ever-darkening tunnel, to know that someone has a plan, and someone has a purpose, and somewhere in the future, something good is going to happen, and it’s going to be far greater than any of the bad experiences that occupy our lives.
Love, faith, and hope. Someone to love you.
Someone you can trust, to care for you, to rescue you, to deliver you, to lift you above your problems. And someone to give you a hope and a future. Love, faith, and hope. Sound familiar? That’s the Christian triad. That’s what is offered to every person in the gospel – the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Paul the Apostle, in 1 Corinthians 13:13 says there are these three: “Faith, hope, and love,” and “the greatest of these is love.”
Those three divine provisions that come to us who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are essentially what we need to live life with peace and joy.
Peace is the absence of angst. It’s the absence of anxiety. It’s the tranquility in the midst of the trouble. Joy is the internal love of Jesus. It’s the contentment of the heart in spite of trouble. Peace and joy come from these three realities.