Did you know you can sell hope? I remember doing a book signing for The Coming World Leader, my latest book. When people bought a copy, I offered a free copy of Your Secret to Spiritual Success or Beyond Failure. Everyone took Beyond Failure because I told them it would give them encouragement.

If you spent a few minutes watching people, you would soon realize that many are discouraged and have no real hope. So many crises have plagued our world. We went through World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Iran-Contra Affair, Kosovo, and the Persian Gulf Wars. We have seen incredible humanitarian crises, from the Holocaust, to the Indonesian tsunamis, to the recent earthquakes.

The response to the world’s problems has always been divided. Some people lose hope. Others who know Christ have joy because they believe in eternal life in Heaven. Which person are you?

Each of us faces different hardships which try our faith. Maybe you’re having a hard time making the transition on your new job. Or a family member has been diagnosed with cancer. You could be at the point of losing everything you possess. Life may take away your possessions, but it can’t steal your hope in Christ. Rejoice and take courage. Glory lies ahead.

In our sad condition our only consolation is the expectancy of another life. Here below all is incomprehensible. — Martin Luther

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder