Not God’s Last Hope

hope-1220981_1920When I was at Mississippi College, I remember something one of my professors once said to us.  It was in a class on biblical history.  We were talking about how God had saved His people over and over again in the Old Testament.  Dr. Davis then told us this – “Never think you’re God’s last hope.  He always has something else that He can do.”

Through all these years, that’s always stuck with me.  Never think that you’re God’s last hope.  It’s so easy to think that it’s all up to us.  Everything rest upon us.  All the fate of the free world rests upon us.

But that is not true.  Our job is to be faithful.  Nothing more, nothing less.  God is work in ways that we cannot see.  God is doing more than our minds can imagine.  Listen to what happens today in Acts 5: 34-39 when the religious leaders are debating what to do with the first Christians:

34But a Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, respected by all the people, stood up and ordered the men to be put outside for a short time. 35Then he said to them, ‘Fellow Israelites, consider carefully what you propose to do to these men. 36For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men, about four hundred, joined him; but he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and disappeared. 37After him Judas the Galilean rose up at the time of the census and got people to follow him; he also perished, and all who followed him were scattered. 38So in the present case, I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone; because if this plan or this undertaking is of human origin, it will fail; 39but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them-in that case you may even be found fighting against God!’

We see that they are told, hey you stand against these Christians, you may be standing against God. Because He is the one at work.  He is the one doing it.  If you stand against, you are standing against God.

God was the one at work among the first Christians.  He is the one at work among the church today.  God is moving.  God is acting.  God is the one that is making it all happen.

You don’t have to do it all.  You don’t have to figure it all out.

The battle is not yours alone.  God is at work.  You don’t have to have all the answers or know everything.  You (and I) we just have to be faithful.  We are not God’s last hope.

So, today, be faithful in all that comes.  Laugh.  Enjoy.  Breathe.  Serve.  Smile.  We can do great things today for the kingdom.  We can.

But know this.  It’s not just us that is at work.  We are not God’s last hope.  He has more in mind that we can ever imagine.  All will be well.  God is at work.

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