For those who have placed their hope in God, there is always a living, expectant hope, and that hope will not be disappointed. Do not let the devil rob you of that hope. He knows that his time is short, and he seeks to destroy as much as he can in his defeat by the Lord Jesus Christ. One way he can destroy your joy and your ability to live in the life God has provided for you is by destroying your hope.
Where is your hope being attacked? Is it in your personal circumstances? Your health? Your finances? Your future? Your habits? Your success in overcoming your failings? Is it in your hope for your family? Perhaps it is in your hope for this nation or your hope for the future of the world?
The big lie is that the devil will win, and the great truth is that Jesus Christ has already conquered. He has all authority in heaven and on earth. He has conquered death and all that goes with death. His Lordship is incontestable. He is at the right hand of the Father. And He is coming again.
This world has its hardships. Jesus told us that it would. And these hardships should not be understated. They can be brutal, traumatic, unexplainable, indiscriminate, and overwhelming. There are many tears on this journey in a fallen world, But Jesus also said “Take courage; I have overcome the world.” For present sorrows, we have the comfort of God and the comfort of one another. And we also have hope, because we are, in fact, on a journey. And we know where the journey is leading. It is leading to the feet of Jesus who, in His glory, is coming again. Those who have loved His appearing will be filled with eternal joy and those who have scorned and hated Him will be crying out for the rocks to fall on them, so great will be their despair.
The Apostle Paul said that in Christ we are “more than conquerors.” Perhaps you don’t feel that you look like much of a conqueror. Well neither did the Apostle Paul—nor did any of the apostles. Jesus Himself did not look like a conqueror, except to those who saw Him following His resurrection. The people of God usually look, as a whole, weak and unimportant to a world that has a different ruler. But once in a while even in this world, in our own lives and even in world affairs, the King of King stands up and declares Enough for now! And the Angels of God go forth in the name of all that is good and right. Evil is exposed for the detestable thing that it is, cringing and fleeing in the divine light that blazes upon it.
Hope in God. Your hope will be vindicated. Live for God. Your living will be vindicated.
Jesus is the victor, and those who belong to Him will all live to see their King exalted above the heavens. King of Kings. Lord of Lords. They will all live to hear the seventh trumpet sound and hear “loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.’”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Our life. And our hope.