Bible Ballistics: BBs #244 Our Hope And Assurance???
I want to share just a few words of encouragement for all of us this morning. As I sit here watching the sun come up in the East, I am reminded that even when we can’t see it come up, it is still there. And that is true of our God and our Lord Jesus Christ even more so. We may not always see Him in the things around us because of the clouds of grief, sorrow, difficulty, crises, panic or just the overwhelming issues of living in a world gone awry, but HE IS THERE! Always! Our God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—is there!
The Apostle John was exiled to the Isle of Patmos for his preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet in that desolate, barren and lonely place, I’m sure the enemy came to harass and remind him of the pain and difficulty he was facing “alone”, as well as questioning his trust in a God who would let him suffer. Yet in a seemingly hopeless situation John saw the LORD to whom he was devoted! Yes, in his extreme situation of suffering, John saw the LORD JESUS! And John helps us see the wonder of our Lord Jesus.
“John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; 5 And from
who is the faithful witness,
and the first begotten of the dead,
and the prince of the kings of the earth.
Unto him that loved us,
and washed us from our sins
in his own blood,
6 And hath made us kings and priests
unto God and his Father;
to him be glory
for ever and ever. Amen.
7 Behold, he cometh with clouds;
and every eye shall see him,
and they also which pierced him:
and all kindreds of the earth shall wail
because of him.
Even so, Amen.
8 I am Alpha and Omega,
the beginning and the ending,
saith the Lord,
and which was,
and which is to come,
the Almighty.” Revelation 1:4-8
John knew that the key to victory is to keep our focus on Jesus, His character, His promises, His presence and His glory. He is coming again, for us who are His own. We will rejoice while those who have rejected Him will “wail”! Without Him there is no hope, but when you know and belong to Jesus you can stand in the assurance of His eternal presence with us. Even as Paul reminds us:
“For I reckon that
the sufferings of this present time
are not worthy to be compared
with the glory
which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
“For our light affliction,
which is but for a moment,
worketh for us
a far more exceeding
and eternal weight of glory;
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;
but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Where are you looking? We simply must remember that while the trials are difficult, they are temporary. Even death is temporary for the believer. Our confidence and faith is in the one who was raised from the dead to impart “eternal life” to all who will believe in His atoning sacrifice through the blood that HE shed on the cross, to pay our debt! We serve the only risen Lord–Praise God for the empty tomb!!! And that empty tomb should remind us that He is our hope in all things, for He is ALIVE and with us through every circumstance—the good, the bad, and the difficult!
So, today remember– in the midst of your trial, trouble, weariness or grief—God loves you and the clouds will lift if you will but keep your eyes on Jesus, even when the clouds of life obscure the view, remember HE IS THERE!!!
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith……..”. Hebrews 12:1-2a
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:5-6
Fix your eyes on Jesus, and remember– we win!!!