I’m a fan of the Edmonton Oilers. Two straight last place finishes, a boatload of injuries, and all too many players saying “No, I don’t want to play in Edmonton”. It’s tough. Sometimes, I wonder why I don’t just cheer for a team that wins.
Then I remember that there are some benefits for being in last place. For one, you have the chance to receive the #1 overall draft choice, which the Oilers had the last two years. This means that in each of the last two years, the Oilers got to pick the player they wanted the most out of any player that was eligible for that year’s draft. Their manager didn’t just pick a random player. Instead, he took time and effort to look at all the top players, and he along with his scouts made an informed (and hopefully wise) decision.
To make this decision they looked at the plans they had for the next few years. They thought about which player would fit most into their long-term goals as a team, which is obviously to win the Stanley Cup. Now, any fan could look at the Oilers and realize that they’re going to be good in a couple years. With me being an Oiler fan I look at them and realize that there is hope. Hope to become a great team. Hope to win a championship. And hope to have the chance to celebrate and say that my team is the best.
In Jeremiah 29:11, God gives us hope of a different kind. It says, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” He’s essentially telling us, “Yeah, maybe things aren’t going so great right now, but just wait, I know what’s going to happen to you, and it’s going to be great.”
There must be something good in store for us if the almighty God of the universe takes time to reassure us. We as believers in Christ need to take comfort in this. We must keep our spirits up, for one day we’re going to be in heaven with Him and all our problems are going to go away.
If you think that your problem is too big for God to handle, think again. He cured a man of leprosy. He healed a lame man so he could walk. He even brought someone back from the dead.
He also had his own problems. He was ridiculed, stoned, and arrested. Whipped, condemned, and tortured. He was nailed to a cross to suffocate to death. He knows how hard it is sometimes.
However, he kept going. He knew that all these earthly problems are nothing compared to the awesomeness of heaven, and He wanted us to share in that awesomeness.
If you don’t feel any comfort, or you feel that your world is caving in, talk to Him. He’ll help you take the first step in rebuilding your hope.