Proverbs 13:12 “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”
As a child, waiting for Christmas to come took an eternity. We didn’t realize then that time did not move slower, but it sure seemed that way!
When we expect something or someone, we get anxious, excited, worrisome, and even agitated. Yet, the same twenty-four hours tick by at the same pace, the sun rises and sets on cue, and each day brings us closer to the long awaited hope fulfilled when the day arrives.
I didn’t know what I was honestly waiting for, but on the day I trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior, I felt hope had been satisfied. What I was searching for had now been found. What my heart and soul needed was now realized.
The emptiness in my heart and soul was and is a Christ-shaped hole. That day when I rose from my knees, hope was realized, and peace entered.
Interestingly, the two books of the Bible that speak most about hope are Job (16Xs) and Psalms (26Xs). The man whose faith was exercised through one of the most significant trials recorded, and David, known as a man after God’s own heart, wrote most hope in God.
It would seem prudent to say that faith and hope are connected, and you would be right.
It is the Christian who should exemplify hope in the darkest of times.
It is the child of God who should be the encourager of all around them of the hope we find in Jesus Christ and the promises of God.
Far too often, our enemy seeks to steal our joy, our peace, and our love. But if he manages to steal our hope, we are of men most miserable. When lost, hope entertains rash and impulsive actions that ultimately lead us away from God, not closer.
Those who live without hope experience dark days and darker nights. Jesus, the Light of the world needs to be brought into their life, or the enemy will seek to extinguish the light in them.
With the recent course of events around the world, things seem to be spinning out of control. Why would a child of God hold to hope or have peace about these things?
2 Timothy 3:1-5 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
One can find an example of these anywhere. Yes, dear reader, we are in the last days. How many or how long are still up to God. We are given commanded what to do.
Titus 2:11-15 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.”
We are only required to work for the night is coming when we may not have another chance to give the gospel without it costing our life to do so. We must be as our Savior.
John 9:4-5 “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
If we testify and witness to others of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, light can still shine. Satan seeks to extinguish that light. Therein lies our battlefield.
Speak up, child of God. There may not be a better time for you to do so.
Hold on to hope.
The hope of eternal life in Heaven, forever.