I witnessed false hope in a convenience store two weeks ago.
A disheveled, elderly man was patiently standing in line to purchase lottery tickets. I knew that Powerball tickets were selling in record numbers, as everyone was consumed with the lottery excitement. Millions of Americans- just like this gentleman- bought tickets for a chance to win $1.5 billion- the largest prize ever in the history of the lottery.
In all honesty, his chances to win were slim. Odds were 1 in 292.1 million that someone would pull the correct combination of numbers. He had a better chance of being struck by lightening or bitten by a shark.
But he had hope. He pulled out a crumpled mass of dollar bills and bought $100 worth of lottery tickets. He told me that he and his wife scraped together all they could in an effort to become instant billionaires.
I wished him luck.
My heart sank as I watched him pull away in an old car with a shattered back window.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me? Psalm 56:3-4
I prayed for the elderly couple that afternoon. I prayed that they would find peace from their financial struggles and security for their remaining years.
And I prayed that they could be filled with the hope that can only come through a relationship with Jesus.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11
There’s no luck or chance in our walk with Christ. He’s here for us today and tomorrow. We have that promise.
Please let me know how I may pray for you this weekend. God bless.