Now Think On This
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”
(Proverbs 13:12 NASU)
We all want hope. We all need hope. Something beyond ourselves that we can count on, to come about when all else seems beyond our reach, beyond our ability to make it happen.
For the die-hard Cub fans, their hope was fulfilled in 2016 after 108 years of waiting. For the political minded, having their candidate win gives them another year to anticipate a better government coming to their community, state or nation.
For others, just knowing they have food to eat for tomorrow will get them through another day. That hope is a reality even for many in America, the land of great abundance and provision.
As I sat to pray this morning, I thought of hope, and was grateful that the Lord Jesus has given me some, which I count on now, and for future times ahead. As the Scripture states, it is a tree of life, the knowing in your “knower” that He will come through in the end.
Quietly waiting to hear Him, this acronym came to mind:
H – HEAVEN
O – OPEN
P – PEOPLE
E – ENTER
HEAVEN – our eternal hope. For those who believe that after this life ends, and who have received Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we have a never-ending hope to be fulfilled. The Bible states that the dwelling of the King of kings and the Lord of lords will also be our home forever.
OPEN – having our prayers heard, which we cry out from the bottom of our heart to the Father above. An open heaven gives us confidence that we are on the right road, interceding for that which He has put in our hearts. His will to be done, according to His perfect plans and purposes.
PEOPLE – in all the nations. Everyone can experience the gift of salvation, the forgiveness of sins, the everlasting life found only in the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach.
ENTER – with thanksgiving and praise. What a joy that will be! Coming into the very presence of the Almighty God, being with those who have gone before us; receiving our eternal reward for living a faithful life here on earth.
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.” Revelation 22:14-15, NASU)
We have hope in that which is imperishable, which is eternal, because of the One who paid the price, the One who has gone before us, and now awaits us with open arms. As the things of this earth fade away, keeping our eyes on Him, the Faithful One, will give us hope that will never fail.
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3, NASU)
Keep hoping. You can count on Him.
Now think on this,
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