Have you ever felt lost; felt like you are falling behind, or overwhelmed? Life can sometimes “get in the way” and hope can seem very elusive and hard to hold on to. We often find ourselves hoping for earthly things to a point of disappointment and giving up, but all is not lost….
Although we try our best to live our best lives, things don’t always go as planned; and sometimes it seems that things are going great for everyone but us and our best efforts aren’t up to par.
Let’s check our lens. Are we focused more on earthly things with no ambition toward heavenly things? Our hope should be that, after we have lived this life for Jesus, that we shall be like him and that we will be caught up to meet him in the air.
“Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” 1 John 3:2-3. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8.
But are we so blinded by what we see, by what we can obtain, or how we measure up to our fellow man that we lose sight of what we are hoping for? How then shall we obtain a hope that is beyond reproach?
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:1-2.
This is sometimes hard to do – as the cares of this life (home, work, debt, social life, etc.) can take our focus from Godly things to earthly things in an instant. Why then should we have hope in what we can see? These earthly things are temporary. After we have obtained what we see, does then our hope ends? But, if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with persistence, purposefulness, and determination with focus and precision with all anticipation.
Hope will not fail us, nor will it disappoint us if our hope is in Him. When hope realizes its final fulfillment, then we shall be like Him and see Him as He is.
Hope Challenge: Read Jeremiah Chapter 29:11