You never know just when a great illustration will leap off a page and start thoughts racing through your mind, and then drop down into your heart.
Such was the case when on June 25, 2019, I paused to read a daily devotional from a young pastor is being significantly used by the Lord, Dr. James A. Scudder is the founder of the Quentin Road Baptist Church, Dayspring Bible College, and Victory In Grace.
Here’s is his part of today’s article:
“It has been said that man can live forty days without food, three days without water, eight minutes without air, but only one second without hope. A scientific experiment by Duke University proved this to be true. A group of behavioral scientists put some rats in a tank of water and observed them to see how long they would survive before drowning. The average time was 17 minutes.
The scientists repeated the experiment. This time they rescued the rats just before the point of drowning, dried them off, and returned them to their cages. Then they fed the creatures, let them play for a few days, and repeated the drowning experiment. This time, the average survival time for these rats increased from 17 minutes to 36 hours. The scientists explained this by saying the second time around; the rats had hope. They believed that they could survive this hardship because they had done so before.”
Lamentations 3:24-26, Pastor Jim Scudder.
The poet has written, “Hope Springs Eternal,” and this is true and healthful for as this verse from Solomon states:
Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.”
Many American Christians are heartsick due to a loss of hope. Just about any thing or human you put hope in will at some point be a disappointment. We shouldn’t be too hard on said person, as we, more than we would like to admit have disappointed someone along the way. But, when our hope is in Jesus Christ, the hope is no longer put off, we as Abraham continue in hope when it appeared to be no hope. Here’s what Paul said:
Romans 4:18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, "So shall your descendants be." (NKJV).
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