But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 1 Thess 4:13
That scripture begins one of the most memorable parts of the Bible, about meeting the Lord in the air.
But what about those that have no hope?
I recently was told about a family that has never gone to church.
Oh, sure, they actually may have been a time or two for Easter or Mother’s day; maybe a homecoming.
Over all though, they never go to church.
I know that church doesn’t save anyone; never has, never will.
I also know that I get hope and reassurance from going to church.
I realize that I’m not alone in my day to day struggles and temptations.
I realize that I’m not the only one to “lose it”; I’m not the only one that doesn’t understand scripture.
I have hope that I can call a few people of my church and have their full support with a problem.
I remember a few years ago when I was snake-bit, that several couples drove more than 20 miles to my home to pray over me.
And one man rode with Linda and me back to the hospital, where we didn’t get home until 1 or 2 in the morning.
You don’t get that kind of friendship from people that do drugs with you or those that get drunk with you.
I cannot imagine not having hope.
And my greatest hope does not lie in the people that go to church with me but in the Lord that we all serve; He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. 1 Peter 1:20-21
My hope is that families will see the importance salvation and church fellowship so that they, too, may have hope.
Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Rom 5:5