During the Second World War, a submarine had an accident and quickly sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Despite many efforts to rescue the crew, there were fears that the submarine would run out of oxygen before they could come to their aid. During the hours-long rescue operation, the officer, intently trying to pick up any signal, suddenly heard some banging. Realizing that the dots and dashes produced by the sound were Morse code, he deciphered the message. It was a simple question: “Is…there...any…hope?”
Here is the ultimate question of almost all people in all ages facing difficulties, crises, and suffering. “Is there any hope?” Yes, we Christians “have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:10). Our hope is in the unchanging promises of a faithful God to give peace to all who believe, trust, and surrender themselves wholly to His fatherly care.
In this world, we will always have difficulties and tribulations, but if we believe and trust in Christ, the Almighty God will strengthen us and give us His joy and peace even in the most hopeless situations. Furthermore, we have a sweeter promise from the Lord. When the day comes when all these difficulties end, “he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)