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"Hopeless? Not Hardly!"

August 25, 2013

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Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through His grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

The teacher who was working in the children's hospital was asked to visit a boy who was in a burn unit.

His regular instructor had said, "We're studying nouns and adverbs in his class now. I'd be grateful if you could help him with his homework, so he doesn't fall too far behind the others."

The hospital teacher went, but she wasn't prepared for what she found. The boy was in a clean room. He was swathed in bandages and in incredible pain. As gently as she could, the teacher introduced herself and the purpose of her visit this way: "I'm the hospital teacher. Your teacher at school asked me to help you with your nouns and adverbs."

The next day a nurse asked the substitute teacher: "What did you do to that boy?"

Before the teacher could offer any explanation, the nurse continued: "We were worried about him. But ever since you visited him yesterday, his entire outlook has changed. For the first time since he came here, he's actually fighting. He's responding. He's got a new lease on life."

What had happened?

The boy eventually shared he had given up. He felt hopeless and helpless. But when he thought about the teacher who had come to see him, he realized the school wouldn't waste its time, money and concern by sending someone to work on nouns and adverbs with a dying boy.

Would they?

Pretty perceptive, don't you think?

Now it is just possible that you, or someone you know, has suffered a loss, or feels lonely, or is suffering under pain that is unrelenting. It is equally possible that a voice, an unwelcomed, unfriendly voice is saying, "You're alone. You're lost. Nobody cares or can do anything to assist you."

If that is the case, may I suggest to you that while you may be hopeless and helpless, God is not. Just as the boy knew that no one would waste a teacher's time on a dying boy, you should know that God would not sacrifice His Son for a sinner who was beyond the scope of His love and ability to forgive.

The truth is there is no such person. In every situation and circumstance of life God can and is willing to help.

Please, please do not let the devil's tools of discouragement, depression and doubt drive a wedge between you and the Lord who loves you.

Jesus is there. He has answers. He who has lived, suffered, died and risen to save your soul can help you even now with every earthly concern and catastrophe. Believe it. There comes a time when no message is more true or more needed.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks I have limitations and You do not. That means when I encounter that which is humanly overwhelming You can still help. Truly, there is no sin too big for You to forgive, no situation so hopeless that the peace of my Savior cannot correct or conquer it. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen.

In Christ I remain His servant and yours,


Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today's Bible Readings: 1 Chronicles 28-29    1 Corinthians 15:29-58

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