It has been said that, ‘a person can live for forty days without food, seven without water, a few minutes without air, but he cannot live one second without hope’.
It is of great importance that every human being have something to live for, because this gives one a reason to wake up every morning to face the day and it’s challenges. When a person no longer feels they have a reason to live, life can be very listless, with no meaning. Each of us has a purpose in life which we need to discover in order to live fulfilled lives.
Those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour have changed citizenship as has their reason for living; which ceases to be pleasing themselves, and running after worldly pursuits, to ultimately living for Him. The Apostle Paul brings this out quite clearly in 2 Cor. 5:9-10, 14-15 as follows:
Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad…. the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
While still in the world, the child of God will find him/herself in situations where one encounters disappointment – which is common to all men due to the fall. When this happens, it is important to take it as such, deal with it positively and then ‘regroup’. We look beyond temporary disappointments to Christ the Hope of glory, Who alone is able to turn even negative situations around and make them work together for the good of His children.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb. 13:8); which means that He is in our past, present and future. Without a doubt He is already in our tomorrows, and knowing that He loves us unconditionally, gives us the hope we need and the confidence to face whatever lies ahead.
Father, how grateful we are that You are already in our tomorrows and that we can confidently rest in peace in eager expectation of what You have in store ahead of us.