Members of Avarua Ekalesia perform at the Nuku Day celebrations (Gospel Day) held at the Teimurimotia Park in Titikaveka yesterday. MELINA ETCHES/23102601
In a world facing uncertain times, people are looking for answers. They are seeking for hope now more than ever, writes Pastor Eric Toleafoa of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
We all want
to know, that everything is going to be ok, but sometimes that’s easier said
than done. Hope can be difficult to find when the things of this world seem to
be pulling you down.
wonder why so many of us experience anxiety. When all you see and hear is bad
reports that is impacting our world community on the news … with the ongoing
threat of war and its search of peace, plummeting economies, sexual abuse
issues, cyclones and other natural disasters which is impacting the livelihood
of many, addictions, crime, and the list goes on. Even in our own backyard, our
ongoing battles with non-communicable diseases (NCD) affect our everyday lives.
With the ongoing threats to society, these disruptions are forcing us to change
the way we live, and we could quite easily be swept up in the chaos of the
says, there will come a day, when everything that can be shaken will be shaken,
so “the things which cannot be shaken may remain” (Hebrews 12:27-28). Our world
is definitely being shaken with all that’s going on. But praise God, our faith
is an anchor to hold us firm, so we can remain steadfast, in our hope, in Him.
So what does
this shaking mean for us? It means we must discover the hope in Jesus, amongst
the chaos and uncertainty of the times we live in. We must not only know what
the Word of God says, we must also believe in it and build our lives upon it.
Then, we will be able to say as David did, “I have set the Lord always before
me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8). Then hope
will be more than a nice theory – it will be our moment-by-moment reality.
news is, the hope that is available to
us, is still alive and well. The Bible reveals that Jesus is hope for
the hopeless. He’s our refuge, our strength, and our Rock in times of trouble.
Although He never said that life would be easy, He gave us this great promise:
“Trusting Me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this
godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart!
I’ve conquered the world” (John 16:33 MSG).
already overcome the enemy and provided His Word, as a faithful anchor for us,
when the storms of life come.
4:6-7 says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray
about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s
peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your
hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
So choose to
stop looking at the storm you face and start looking at Jesus. Stay focused on
who He is, and stand on His Word no matter what you see happening around you.
Ask the Lord
to give you a new perspective, showing you who He is and who you are
in Him. Your Father is the Creator of the universe, and you are His
workmanship, His child, and the love of His life.
for you today is this: “that the God who gives
hope will fill you with much joy and peace as you trust in him. Then you will
have more and more hope, and it will flow out of you by the power of the Holy
Spirit.” (Romans 15:13 ERV).
when your eyes are fixed on Him, your hope will become alive and indestructible!