“The hope which is laid up for you in heaven.” Colossians 1:5
Without going political here, suffice it to say I’m not feeling very hopeful with our nation’s change. So I remind myself almost daily that one man’s promise of “hope and change” is temporary, ethereal, and like chaff in the wind. My hope and change is eternal, weighty, and powerful.
A past devotional by C.H.Spurgeon calibrates my focus back to the Lord:
“Our hope in Christ for the future is the mainspring and the mainstay of our joy here.
It will animate our hearts to think often of heaven, for all that we can desire is promised there. Here we are weary and toil-worn, but there is the land of rest where the sweat of labour will no more moisten the worker’s brow, and fatigue will be forever banished…
We have suffered bereavement after bereavement, but we are going to the land of the immortal, where graves are unknown things! Here, sin is a constant grief to us, but there we will be perfectly holy…Oh, is it not joy, that you are not to be in banishment forever, that you are not to dwell in banishment forever, that you are not to dwell eternally in this wilderness, but will soon inherit Canaan?
Nevertheless, let it never be said of us that we are dreaming about the future and forgetting the present. Let the future sanctify the present to its highest uses!
Through the Spirit of God, the hope of heaven is the most potent force for the product of virtue. It is a fountain of joyous effort, it is the cornerstone of cheerful holiness.
The man who has this hope in him goes about his work with vigor, for the joy of the Lord is his strength. He fights against temptation with ardor, for the hope of the next world repels the fiery darts of the adversary. He can labour without present reward for he looks for a reward in the world to come!”
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16