James DeLoach, associate pastor of a Baptist Church of Houston wrote this in his book, “I am not an expert of great art, but from time to time a painting or picture will really speak a clear, strong message to me. Some time ago I saw a picture of an old burned-out mountain shack. All that remained was the chimney…the charred debris of what had been that family’s sole possession. In front of this destroyed home stood an old grandfather with a small boy. It was evident that the child was crying. Beneath the picture were the words which the artist felt the old man was speaking to the boy. They were simple words, yet they presented a profound theology and philosophy of life. Those words were, “Hush child, God ain’t dead!”
That vivid picture of that burned-out mountain shack, that old man, the weeping child, and those words “God ain’t dead? keep returning to my mind. Instead of it being a reminder of the despair of life, it has come to be a reminder of hope! I need reminders that there is hope in this world. In the midst of all of life’s troubles and failures, I need mental pictures to remind me that all is not lost as long as God is alive and in control of His world. This morning, I’d like to share God’s words with you through a sermon entitled, “A living hope.” I’m going to expose God’s Words from 1 Peter 1:3-9.