12 Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.
1 Thessalonians 4:13
No Hope! Have you ever noticed that we all have a tendency to take for granted the things we have until they are taken away? Sometimes, then, it is good for us to reflect on our past, so that we may better appreciate our lives today.
Before we came to know Christ, we were without hope. Though we may not have been aware of our hopeless circumstances, we had no standing before God, and no hope for an eternal future with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Imagine living this life as though this is all there is! I guess we do not have to look very far, as this is the very state most people are in. They live a "what you see is what you get" kind of reality.
Not all unbelievers, however, live without any hope; some have a delusional or displaced hope. They may rest in their riches, their power, or their friends and family. They may re-create reality by changing the rules: "If I live a good enough life, St. Peter will let me in at the door of heaven."
We understand this because that is where most of us were at one time. However, once we have experienced the true reality of Christ, we realize how hopeless our situation was. Gone are the doubts that formerly plagued us; our lives are now filled with the peace of God which passes all understanding.
As we go about our duties this day, let us think of those who have no hope. We must be diligent to pray for our unsaved co-workers, friends, and family members, and present a Godly example of the hope that lies within us!
God Bless You,
All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.