People are so confined by the narrowness of human experience that it is very hard to see any hope in the face of the evils of our world. Corruption throughout society and the influence of the dark forces of organised crime seem insurmountable to most of us. The knowledge revealed by the study of the sciences also boxes us in and limits our capacity for hope when faced with the seemingly inevitable finality of death. The hope of eternal life, the forgiveness of sins, peace on earth as it is in heaven, food for the hungry, relief for the poor, freedom for prisoners and healing for the sick all seem, to many, many people, too absurd to hope for. So they ridicule the mere suggestion.
Matthew 27:39-44 NLT
The people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery. “Look at you now!” they yelled at him. “You said you were going to destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days. Well then, if you are the Son of God, save yourself and come down from the cross!” The leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders also mocked Jesus. “He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself! So he is the King of Israel, is he? Let him come down from the cross right now, and we will believe in him! He trusted God, so let God rescue him now if he wants him! For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” Even the revolutionaries who were crucified with him ridiculed him in the same way.
Proverbs 9:7, 8 NLT
Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return. Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt. So don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you.
My goal is to keep my hope alive in the face of mockery.
Dear Lord and Father, I pray that my faith will be of use to those who are wise enough to seek the love and the way of the Lord. I also pray that if my faith causes offence to those who would choose to mock, that I might behave with humility in place of outrage, that I might speak words of apology in place of anger. Amen.
Exodus 35:10-36:38, Matthew 27:32-66, Psalms 34:1-10, Proverbs 9:7-8