Luke 24:51 “And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.”
An old man surprised everyone with his cheerfulness since he seemed to have an unusual amount of trouble and relatively few pleasures. When asked the secret of his cheery disposition, he replied, ‘Well you see, it’s like this: the Bible says, “And it came to pass…” never “it came to stay…”
Today, the media storm and intense focus on the elections are over – save the hashing and rehashing of the prognosticators as to whether or not the President-elect is ‘worthy’, ‘capable’, or just downright scary. Keeping much of those viewpoints in front of me will ultimately cause doubt, fear and allow the enemy to sway my hope and faith to be in a man and not God.
I have observed that technology threatens my perspective. Without keeping Heaven in view, I become negative, pessimistic and critical. I am easily swayed by a news blurb or article that dampens my spirit or causes my view to be taken from focusing on my heavenward path. I am reminded that Peter’s excursion on a boat trip helped me see the value of perspective.
Peter demonstrated faith in stepping out of the boat, but faltered when the world around him came crashing at his feet in the form of waves and a storm. He acted with faith the other disciples dared not even whisper. But the key to what happened was – ‘Where were his eyes?’ At first, they were on Jesus, then, out of the boat; still on Jesus. After a few steps on the water, he began to sink because his eyes turned from Jesus to the effects of the storm. At the last, when sinking, his eyes returned to Jesus to be saved
No matter what you and I will face, having the ‘blessed hope’ of life eternal in Heaven is just such a remedy to consider when storms come. Because, like the old man in the beginning, we can be assured of God’s promises – ‘…and it came to pass…’!
Bad news may come; the doctor may somberly tell you that life has been shortened because of cancer; we may receive news that a loved one has passed. Whatever the case, we have HOPE.
Titus 2:13 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”
Our perspective always needs readjusting.
We have all faced situations and circumstances that have shaken us. Some have had catastrophic news or events unfold that seemed surreal at the time, but you are still here. God still has use for you. God is not finished nor is His work in you. This world and our enemy seek to grab us, shake us, inject fear, doubt and draw clouds where once the sun shone brightly to dampen and albeit, crush the hope that can spring eternal in our hearts when our minds are stayed on Jesus.
Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” is a verse that was introduced to me a long time ago when ministering to the men at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. They would sing a chorus, “I woke up this mornin’ with my mind, stayed on Jesus…”
You and I have the opportunity to either be formed by the events of the day, or be carried through on a wave of optimism grounded and rooted in faith that whatever will come – this too shall pass…
Dear reader, fight to keep the right perspective. Balance the amount of news of the world with the promises of God, the Word of God and the songs of God and you will be able to tolerate anything that comes your way. I have adopted a saying when asked how I’m doing; I say;
“I’m one day closer to Heaven.” to which I have received many varied responses!
But overall, it has always reminded me of where my eyes need to be and what my mind needs to be stayed upon. Jesus sought to remind us of this very thing;
Luke 21:28 “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
In these last days, Jesus knew what we would need: hope.