Our friend Reaksa had a horrible time in Cambodia losing his family in horrendous circumstances and struggling alone in the bush as a young boy and not knowing if he would survive. Several years later, after trying many things to find peace for his soul, he ran through the mountains to Thailand and he was placed in a refugee camp and lived there for the next 5 years. It was in this place that he felt he had run out of hope. Being in a hopeless situation is unbearable because you don’t know how to plan for the future and having no control in the present is depressing. The following verses hint at Reaksa’s move to Canada but they best summarize his coming to know the love, peace and forgiveness of God the Father. As we follow Jesus we are now living in the sure and present hope of His eternal care for us.
The people who walk in darkness shall see a great Light—a Light that will shine on all those who live in the land of the shadow of death. For Israel will again be great, filled with joy like that of reapers when the harvest time has come, and like that of men dividing up the plunder they have won. For God will break the chains that bind his people and the whip that scourges them, just as he did when he destroyed the vast host of the Midianites by Gideon’s little band. In that glorious day of peace there will no longer be the issuing of battle gear; no more the bloodstained uniforms of war; all such will be burned. For unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder. These will be his royal titles: “Wonderful,” “Counsellor,” “The Mighty God,” “The Everlasting Father,” “The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:2-6, The Living Bible.
As you follow Jesus you are living in the sure and present hope of His eternal care for us.