HOPE That Does Not Change

Brothers in armsWhere can you find peace in a world of chaos? Where do you search for hope when your life is falling apart? Do you want to know that you KNOW that even in the midst of this seemingly floundering world that everything really is going to be more okay? The good news is that it shall come to pass if you are born from above (accept Christ as your LORD and personal Savior) that your future could not be better. It is the Prevailing Hope that you can totally rely on because it is The Word of God.

In the Word of God (King James Version) the phrase “and it came to pass” is used over 400 times.  The first time is in Gen. 4:3 “And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.” The last time in the Word of God “and it came to pass” is in 1 Thes. 3:4  “For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.” Whereas in Rev. 1:1  the Word says “it shortly will come to pass.”

When you are in  the midst of turmoil, in agony from physical or emotional pain it may seem like it will never end. The Truth is whatever you are facing in life shall “come to pass,” in time. Every thing changes in this world except the WORD of God and His promises.  The struggles I have today will not be struggles 40 years from now for it this struggle will come to pass.  Even the good times we have in life also come to pass. I have been with friends who I wish we never had to part because we have fun and enjoy each others company. These times come to pass leaving behind good memories. Day changes into night, night changes into day, days become weeks, weeks become months, months become years and one day it seems we wake up wondering how we changed so much!

The LORD God changes not. Our Hope can be put fully upon His Word because His Word doesn’t change.

The list of trustworthy people with authority and who have power on earth in my opinion is few. The ONE we can trust is King of kings and LORD of lords. His Word is Truth and hundreds of the prophecies of His Word have already came to pass. There are a few promises yet to be fulfilled. He is coming back soon.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass;
Jesus is the world’s Prevailing HOPE.  He came not to condemn the world but save the world. John 3:17  He came to give us the choice of choosing Life or Death. When we choose Life,  Our future is bright regardless of any hardship or extreme painful experiences you or I are having now as…these things shall also come to pass.
So what awaits the believer when h/she departs this earthly body or when the LORD returns? What I believe about Heaven is what is written in the Word of God…

1 Cor. 2:9 But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
    nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—

Ps. 16:11  You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

This is a word picture that I relate too because I have a dog that responds exactly like this.

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Seeing Beyond

Where can we run from the cruel pain inflicted by life in this world? Pain can be deep and unrelenting from many sources- divorce, abuse, cancer, betrayal from one we trusted, disease, grief over a death,  loss of abilities that steal your independence, unwanted changes-the list is unending. Pain hurts. We always hope it will just “go away” and leave us be. What joy when/if that happens!Miracles do happen and God heals. But what if the pain doesn’t go away? What if it is like a runaway freight train, unstoppable and racing towards an unknown end? Emotions can cut to us to shreds leaving us vulnerable and bleeding to death from a broken heart. It is just as disabling as physical pain. No pills, No drugs,  not even a million dollars has the power to fix it.

Tears often roll down my face as I type. Writing is work I love and can do but this body hurts. The tears leak out when I no longer can handle the pain by stuffing it inside. I sometimes want to quit. Yet there is a purpose Greater than myself Who compels me on in spite of the challenges.  One Day, things will get better! I believe in healing miracles. If I am not healed here; Heaven awaits me. Then I will be in the Presence of One Who loves me most and the One I love with all my heart. He put me here for a purpose. It is only by His grace and power I will fulfill my purpose. Even if tears run down my face in the midst of reaching the goal set before me.

 2 Corinthians 4:16-18Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal

Wide blue sky and huge arcing rainbowI think if we had a clue of what awaits us in Heaven we would change our world by our pure excitement. No great vacation or event can even come close to comparing the eternal peace and delight of Heaven.  This is true Prevailing Hope and motivation to finish the race.

1 Cor. 2:8-10  the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; but just as it is written,

Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”

10For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.

May we look beyond what we see and feel and worship our LORD Who sees all and has a plan for our lives so far beyond our wildest imaginations – it will be Heaven!