Hope for Today and Eternity by Anne Johnston.
Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil. (Hebrews 6:17-19)
As we travel this Highway to Heaven, there are two things that we should keep our focus on:
1. When Jesus heard our cry for mercy and forgave us our sins, He instilled a hope down within us that we could come to Him with every need, and that He would always be there to hear our prayers. To keep this hope alive in our hearts, we must practice a continual presence of the Lord in our lives.
We have learned in the last few months, that we cannot depend on a weekly service in our churches to seek God and enter His presence. We have learned that we must take time every day to read the Word of God, and spend time with Him in prayer, to keep His presence with us. We cannot depend on the prayers of others; we must seek His presence every day.
2. We must focus on the goal that lies at the end of this highway. I am sure that you realize as much as I do, that things are shaping up quickly for the soon return of the Lord. I am so thankful for the hope he has given us, that if we will serve Him with all our heart that He is coming back to take His people home. No matter what is happening in this world, we have a future and a hope in Christ. Even though things may not be going our way right now, we can lift our perspective from our weary feet to the glorious view ahead.
There was a time when Moses was leading the children of Israel on their way to the promised land, that God had reached the point where He was tired of their murmurings and complaints. He told Moses He was not going to go before them any longer, that they were on their own. Moses told God, “if your presence goes not with us, send us not.” He realized that their only hope lay in having the presence of God in their midst, guiding them, and directing them. May we always realize that our only hope of making it through to the end, is having His presence with us every day.
(From: UPCI Ladies Ministries Newsletter – firstname.lastname@example.org)