Like a crippled army surrounded by an enemy with unlimited ammunition, each day we are bombarded with more headlines. The headlines never come to an end; they are new every morning.
Twenty-four hour news surrounds us. We have our choice of the source of our headlines and the manner in which we receive the headlines. Periodically the cheerful headline swiftly scrolls across our newsfeed that is soon interrupted with an onslaught of troublesome headlines.
Broken and wounded, we are left with the question “Is there hope in the headlines?”
Psalm 103:19 says, “The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all.” With each headline that comes across your screen today is an opportunity for Christians to remind themselves that God is in control.
Because God is in control, there is hope in the headlines. Hope defined is to anticipate or to expect. Those who hope in God and believe He is in control, rejoice in hope. Paul writes in Romans 12:12, “Rejoice in Hope...” To “rejoice” is an action word that commands God’s people to action - be joyful in the anticipation. When the next headline sounds hopeless, Christians are commanded to rejoice!
The result is that Christians live in tension. We weep with those who weep, we mourn the unfavorable headlines, but we rejoice in hope. Christians eagerly look beyond the headlines to the headline spoken in ages past: "Surely, I am coming soon!"
Something better is coming!
We rejoice in hope.