Hope!

Devotional

“There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise…”

Proverbs 30:24

Proverbs is a “wisdom book” in the Old Testament and focuses on practical daily living. For the true disciple, it is instruction on how to live a holy and upright life as unto the Lord. 

The ant, rock badger, locusts and spiders, that this chapter describes have two things in common; alone they are small, and they all tie themselves to something bigger. 

Christian or not, the Bible tells us we are all made in the image of God. Not only that, we all have a date with death and eternity. It all depends on who you tie yourself to in this life that will determine where you go from here. 

Knowing this fact causes us to understand that every single soul on earth is a “pilgrim” here. It is not until you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior that you begin to realize you are a “pilgrim in a foreign land.”

The disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ is destined for eternity with Him in heaven. This is our hope, and we too often do not use that word enough. The Scriptures give us endurance and encouragement that we might have hope (Romans 15:4). Hope in light of this eternity brings us the patience that can translate into perseverance. And, perseverance is a stubborn persistence in the face of pressures. 

In the Psalms David wrote, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Psalm 18:2) David was a nobody, a young shepherd boy in the fields until the Lord called him up to mighty service. Alone he was feeble, but he knew where his strength came from. He tied himself to the One who was mightier than anything, the Lord our God. Where does your hope come from?

“…our hope is sure and mood should be one of unquenchable confidence: we are on the victory side.”

J.I. Packer
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