Hope —if you listen to the news very often– you will find a constant search for hope.
Hope for a solution to the devastating explosion of radical Islam.
Hope for a stop to the deadly plague of Ebola that is ravaging parts of Africa.
Hope for an ailing economy.
Hope for the job market to improve and prosperity to return to certain segments of the population.
All of this hope is very fragile indeed.
The dictionary defines “Hope” as “to cherish a desire with expectation.”
Often we say “I hope so—” because contemplating the outcome any other way is too difficult to imagine.
Proverbs 13:12 states—“Hope deferred(withheld) maketh the heart sick” —–We’ve all been there at one time or another and can attest to what a miserable state this is–the verse goes on to say-
-“but when the desire cometh it is a tree of life.” It is good and nourishing.
I like this verse—“Turn ye to the stronghold (God) ye prisoners of HOPE—” I am a prisoner of hope:)
Here is our most solid and sure hope. We may never experience in this life the realization of our hopes and desires. In fact it may be the opposite. But those that have invited Jesus Christ into their heart and life have an ETERNAL hope.
This life with it’s cares and woes will soon pass but eternity will be forever.
“The pioneering radio preacher Donald Grey Barnhouse used to ask, “When you get to the pearly gates and God asks, ‘Why should I let you into heaven?’ What will you say?”
The song I want to share with you today is an answer to that question—:)
My faith has found a resting place–
Not in device or creed:
I trust the Ever-Living One—
His wound for me shall plead.
Enough for me that Jesus saves—
This ends my fear an doubt;
A sinful soul I come to Him–
He’ll never cast me out.
My heart is leaning on the Word—
The written Word of God:
Salvation by my Savior’s name–
Salvation through His blood.
My great Physician heals the sick—
The lost He came to save;
For me His precious blood He shed–
For me His life He gave.
I need no other argument,
I need no other plea; (in the court room of heaven)
It is enough that Jesus died,
And that He died for me. (and you:) )
Lidie H. Edmunds (nineteen century)
“God does not run heaven like a country club or a successful corporation. We cannot get in on our own qualifications. The door is barred to all who try to earn their entry.
But it swings wide for the simple saint who affirms in faith,” I need no other argument. I need no other plea; it is enough that Jesus died and that He died for me.” Great Songs of the Faith.
A paraphrase of Hebrews 3:12-14 says it this way–
“Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God.
You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.
For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.”