Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
There is a couple I am friends with from my church who have been anxiously and excitedly awaiting the birth of their first child, a little girl. I have watched the past nine months as they have prepared for her birth: naming her, setting up the nursery, buying clothing, choosing God-parents, making decisions on parenting styles, etc. The last nine months have all been a preparation time for the end prize, a daughter (who should be born any day now!). One of the most beautiful parts of this entire time of preparation for me has been seeing how excited they are to meet their little girl. This morning while thinking about them, God began asking me, “Are you this excited to see me one day? Have you been using your time to prepare? What are you doing to be ready for my return?”
While there are countless connections that can be made between preparing for a baby and preparing for God’s return, the one that He is showing my heart the most this morning is hope in the promise. The reason my friends can be so eagerly expectant is because they have hope in the promise of meeting their daughter. They prepare because they have faith that their hope is properly placed and that the promise of a baby will be fulfilled. This is how it should also be with our mindset for Christ’s return! God is faithful and honest! When He makes a promise, He fulfills it! The truth of this is woven throughout the Bible in a magnificent beautiful tapestry that is truly astounding! We can have hope in what God promises us! For Christians, we can have hope in being with Christ either through death or through the Second Coming, and that is something that should excite us far more than expecting a child! We should be expecting the Father! If we truly have faith that God’s promises to us will be fulfilled, it should give us immense hope! The promise that our pain and suffering will be taken away, the promise that we will be in true, unbroken fellowship with Christ, the promise of eternity-these are things that should fill us with hope! Just as hope in a child led my friends to preparation, hope in Christ should also lead us to action. Matthew 24:36 states of the Second Coming, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” We do not know when God will return, but we do know that He has called us to be in hopeful preparation for that day!
- What are you doing to prepare for an eternity with Christ?
- In what ways do you see a connection between preparing for a baby and preparing for Christ?
- What situations in your life have caused you to lean on the hope of eternity?
I would love to hear from you in the comments section!