Daily Devotional

Revelation 21:4

"And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."

Hope, that is what this verse speaks to me. It is a hope for the future, that there will be an end to all the misery and pain, the sorrow and death, and all the other realities of this life on this side of Heaven. It is so easy to get bogged down in the pains and hurts of everyday life if we don’t focus on the hope we have through Jesus Christ.

As I reflect on the last year and a few months since the world shut down due to COVID and all the changes that came about as a result, I am able to see just how much hope plays a role in my attitude and outlook. I remember at the beginning thinking, this is temporary and short, they can’t possibly shut down an economy on this scale for very long. Well… I was wrong. And as that reality set in, it was only then that my attitude began to sour over the pandemic and the restrictions it brought with it. You see, that is where my hope turned to the hopelessness of the unknown and it is at these points in our lives that it is more important than ever to fix our hope on Jesus, not on anything in our world.

As children of God we often imagine that our life should be easy, pain, and worry free because after all God is on our side. But that is not what the Bible promises, in fact just the opposite. We are promised persecution because we are believers and if our hope is rooted in this life, we are doomed. Our hope is not found this side of Heaven, except for the help and strength to make it through. Our hope is found at the end, when Christ returns and sets everything right. Then there shall be no more death, or pain, or sorrow, for the former things have passed away and we shall reign forever with Christ! What a glorious hope to look forward to, if we will just keep our eyes fixed on Him, who will make all things new!
New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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