Hope and Wait
The good news is HOPE because it changes everything. The bad news? WAIT for it!!!
I mean, who wants to wait for anything these days? No one I know!
“And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You. Psalm 39.7
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope. Psalm 130.5
And I will wait on the Lord, Who hides His face from the house of Jacob; And I will hope in Him. Isaiah 8.17
It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3.26
But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. Romans 8.25
For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. Galatians 5.5
What are we waiting for?
It seems hope should be capitalized, Hope. Because I believe the believer’s Hope is Christ Himself. Heaven, even.
As most of you know, Hope is a promise given to me in late 2002. After a tragedy in my daughter’s life – God came to me in a quiet moment of desperation and told me to hang on to Hope. I have never let go. It is my faith with feet. Hope guides me. It comforts me. And, Hope finds me.
The Hope of Heaven
As a believer and follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, I have an eternal hope in an eternal home in Heaven. The Bible even tells us once we are absent from our body (death) we are immediately present (with) The Lord. (2 Corinthians 5.8)
The opposite of having Hope of Heaven is a tragic eternal separation from God – I cannot even imagine.
Where is your Hope?
Eternal Hope cannot be found in a denomination nor in a creed – it can only be found by believing in and accepting Jesus’ blood atonement on Calvary as a payment for sin. None of us can be “good enough” to get there on our own merit – please know that you know you are His.
*The above photograph was taken atop Mount Jefferson, Jefferson, NC. It is a place I have visited many times. I used to sit on the rock portion and pray over the city below. A high school friend of my youngest posted this photo and I asked his permission to use it on my blog. It reminds me so much of the line in CS Lewis’ The Last Battle, when Lucy and her friends reach the golden gates and Reepicheep, as the gatekeeper, greets them and says, “Come further up and further in…” To that glorious place we call, The Hope of Heaven!