The Hope That Never Disappoints

By   •   December 27, 2010

As we come to the end of the year, I am reminded that we are simply that much closer to our Lord’s return, the “glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13, NKJV).

The Scriptures tell us the latter days will be marked by increasing conflicts, wars, and disasters (Matthew 24:4–8), and recent events remind us how fragile and perilous our world really is.

Just a few weeks ago, North Korea fired deadly artillery shells on a South Korean island, leading to the deployment of a U.S. aircraft carrier and joint military exercises with a nervous South Korea. Within days of that incident, hundreds of thousands of top-secret cables from U.S. diplomatic sources were published, revealing the backstage drama and tension of seeking to maintain peace and security in an increasingly unstable world. The cables highlighted the nuclear ambitions of Iran and its rapidly growing threat to world peace.

Meanwhile, the fight against terror shows no sign of abating, as Islamic extremists spread their hate around the world, indiscriminately killing thousands of victims. The war in Afghanistan enters its 10th year, and our troops in Iraq are still in harm’s way.

None of this should surprise anyone who follows Christ and has a biblical worldview informed by the Scriptures. The Bible says that the heart of man is “desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9), and from that depraved heart flows an unending desire for greed, power, and control. That’s why world peace will never happen. “Nation will rise against nation” (Matthew 24:7), not peacefully coexist.

While the world futilely pursues political and economic solutions to problems that stem from sinful hearts, believers in Jesus Christ are to be focused on proclaiming and sharing the hope we have in Him: “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14).

I want to encourage you to be intentional about preparing for the Lord’s return by being faithful in studying His Word and in prayer, and by walking closely with Him. I also urge you to be intentional about sharing the love of Jesus Christ with people you know.

At the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we will be busy proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom around the world in this new year, starting in Haiti in early January, India in February, and Liberia in March.

In Haiti we will proclaim the Good News at a stadium adjacent to the largest homeless camp in the country. I was in Haiti just a few weeks ago, and my heart was broken as I looked into the plaintive faces of so many suffering people. Hundreds of thousands of people are still homeless, there is filth and rubble everywhere, and the recent cholera outbreak has brought even more misery and death.

What the people of Haiti need more than anything is the sure and certain hope found only through faith in Jesus Christ. It’s a hope that never disappoints, even in the direst of circumstances. Pray for me as I proclaim Christ, for the safety for our teams, and for the local churches who are working together with us for the sake of the Gospel.

Haiti is not the only broken nation desperate for hope. Liberia, a West African country with historic ties to the United States, has emerged from a brutal civil war that lasted a decade and cost a quarter of a million lives. People across Liberia are open to the Gospel, and churches there have invited us to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ at a Crusade in March. Pray that many people will turn to “God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope” (1 Timothy 1:1).

I continue to feel an enormous sense of urgency for the souls of men and women as we enter the coming year. Though the cable leaks exposed the private thoughts of a few individuals for the whole world to see, the day of God’s judgment will be much worse when “God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ” (Romans 2:16).

The Bible says that a day is coming when the hearts of men and women will be laid bare before a holy God. “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13). For the believer whose sins have been washed by the blood of the Lamb, there is “no condemnation” (Romans 8:1), but for those who have not believed, there will be only a “fearful expectation of judgment” (Hebrews 10:27). What awaits is Hell, eternal punishment, and separation from God.

Pray for us, and as God leads you, we ask you to consider supporting us on a regular basis if you can. We appreciate the prayers of the saints and are grateful for those who share in the harvest of souls through their gifts and petitions.

In coming days, I want to encourage you to keep your trust in the Lord Jesus. Despite the trials and tribulations that mark this age, He says, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). The Lord is always “our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

May our Sovereign God richly bless you in 2011.

Sincerely,
Franklin Graham
President

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31 Comments

  1. Hugo says:

    The very fact that this disaster going on, and getting worse by the day, and only a few miles from this USA, says a lot about the character of this very USA, the nation that claims to be under God and yet has become such an attrocious satanic and corrupt monsters who claims to have the right to shoot the whole world to pieces, in reality claiming such rights in the name of Almighty God. This nation now is a great hindrance to the spreading of the love God to all nations, and yet and sadly many Christians support such evildoing the world over. However, I am very encouraged that the Billy Graham mighty work for God marches on!

  2. trudy says:

    I love watching Haitian people when you see people that haven't eaten for days, they still have a smile on thier face. You know only the hope found through Jesus Christ has given them that smile. This is not their home, they know heaven is waiting. The love of God shines through their faces. Praying for you and your team that you will continue to be a blessing in Haiti. I love the Haitian people. In my mind I can still see them marching down the street praising the Lord after the earthquake. They have that hope beyond the grave.

  3. Bev says:

    Dear Franklin and Graham families, I have been to 2 of your crusades in SF, S.D. and you and your Dad are amazing Christians. I have also donated to your Great Ministry and I will be donating again soon. Please keep up your exceptional teaching and I pray for your crusades. Love to all.

  4. Marilyn says:

    A coworker of mine recently went to Haiti with Sam's Purse on the medical team. She works in special care nursery so was good at getting IV's in place. Her coworkers covered her shifts so that she could get off for this much needed trip. So it was a joint effort. Some stayed and worked so that she could go. This is the story of all missions. The support people are as important as those who go. God bless you Franklin as your heart is broken because that spurs you to do all that you can for these people who have suffered so much. We at home can pray and give to support the work.

  5. Timothy says:

    Debra says 12.28.2010, 1:00 p.m.”I am very sad about Haiti and pray for them. I can't help but wonder “What happened to all that money that was raised and donated for that country?” Where is it,…”Recently read that the united nations requested 1.5 billion for Haiti, and that 75 has been received? What was done with the money? Why are we seeing this suffering still?

  6. Deborah says:

    I remember growing up listening to crusades that were televised. Even as a young person there was something different about him; and I mean that in a good way. My Dad made a comment once that stuck with me ” He said there is something different about his eyes like an angelical concern for mankind.” I know we should not idolize a human being but I do believe with all my heart that he is a man of God-and even though he is well-educated a small child could understand his sermons. That is just the way God would have it. When he gets to heaven I know God will Say ” well done my good and faithful servant.” He has truly put God first. I will always have admiration for him. I know there have been millions of people saved thru his ministry. He stays ever so humble and gives all the glory to God. I KNOW HE HAS FACED ADVERSITIES FROM THE ENEMY LIKE WE ALL HAVE. I thank God who has used him for his glory.

  7. lucille says:

    Thanks so much for your faithfulness. My church got to participate in the shoebox ministry and visit the BG library and museum. What a blessing. My prayers are with you and your family .

  8. Kay says:

    I have a sponsored child in Haiti, and I pray for her, her family and her nation every day. I know you are doing all you can to help these people as well as people in other countries where there is dire need. I continue to pray for God's strength, provision and leading for each one of you.

  9. NAN says:

    i HAVE LISTENED TO AND PRAYED FOR BGEA SINCE iI WAS A YOUNG PREACHER'S WIFE IN NC. I AM RETIRED NOW BUT I STILL LOVE YOU ALL AND PRAY FOR YOU AS YOU MINISTER TO THE NEEDS OF THE WORLD. YOU ALSO HAVE MY SUPPORT. THANK YOU ALL. LOVE YOU

  10. Pat says:

    I have watched Billy Graham since I was a boy in the early sixties. No one has more of an effect on my life than the Rev. Billy Graham. May God continue to bless, sustain, give power and an abillty to carry out all the Lord's will for the BGEA. Our Father is pleased with you. Pat