“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil” Hebrews 6:19
“We’re going to see Him face to face, such a hope we have” a very dear friend wrote these words over a quarter of a century ago and sparked in me a glow of anticipation. Twenty-five years or so later, that spark has become a blaze that burns in me through every shift and shadow that life has brought and will keep bringing, until that blessed day when I will look into the eyes of my Saviour and it will be for real. I will feel His breath on my cheek and see His smile.
Never give up, today that promise is closer than it was yesterday and tomorrow it will be closer still. Jesus is your prize and you are His reward and joy. He endured the cross, despising its shame for you…
behind every door is an opportunity to glorify God.
“What line of thinking do my thoughts take? Do I turn to what God says or to my own fears? Am I simply repeating what God says, or am I learning to truly hear Him and then to respond after I have heard what He says? “For He Himself has said, ’I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ’The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’ ” (Hebrews 13:5-6).
“I will never leave you . . .”— not for any reason; not my sin, selfishness, stubbornness, nor waywardness. Have I really let God say to me that He will never leave me? If I have not truly heard this assurance of God, then let me listen again.
“I will never . . . forsake you.” Sometimes it is not the difficulty of life but the drudgery of it that makes me think God will forsake me. When there is no major difficulty to overcome, no vision from God, nothing wonderful or beautiful— just the everyday activities of life— do I hear God’s assurance even in these?
We have the idea that God is going to do some exceptional thing— that He is preparing and equipping us for some extraordinary work in the future. But as we grow in His grace we find that God is glorifying Himself here and now, at this very moment. If we have God’s assurance behind us, the most amazing strength becomes ours, and we learn to sing, glorifying Him even in the ordinary days and ways of life.”