A Word of Hope for Your Darkest Days
One of the greatest memories from my youth is going backpacking with my dad. We had some fantastic hikes. Though some were pretty grueling! It seemed sometimes that we were going up endless switchbacks on granite mountains. I often thought the trail would never end!
One of the things I always kept in mind… even when the hike was very, very difficult and long… was the pristine lake that we would be camping next to when we reached our destination. I would think about the hungry trout that would rise to grab my lure when I stood next to that lake fly-fishing. I would think about the beauty and the solitude. I would think about sitting around the campfire at night. With those thoughts I endeavored to enjoy the journey—even though it was difficult going up the side of a mountain.
On some of those trips, people with us would jump ship, turn around, and go home. They’d say, “You guys are crazy! This is too much! I’m going home.” The switchbacks were too numerous for them. The trail was too hard. And all I could think was, “Oh, what you missed!”
I want to tell you today, Christian pilgrim, that though your way through life may be dark and the road fraught with dangers, don’t you turn back. There is something better than a pristine lake waiting for you. Heaven is waiting for you. Reward is waiting for you. God Himself is waiting for you in a measure and way that you could never even imagine! That’s why it’s so important to endeavor to keep an eternal perspective when your days are dark.
We read in 1 Peter 1,
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice… (vv. 3-6a).
Christian, not all of your salvation has been experienced. There is still a major part yet to be revealed. You’re going to get a new body like His glorious body. You are going to be able to go to heaven where you have an inheritance that’s incorruptible, undefiled, and has been reserved for you.
And one day God is going to make a new heaven and a new earth where He’s going to dwell with you and me forever!
Yes, the greater part of our inheritance is yet to be experienced! That’s why Peter says, “In these things we greatly rejoice,” because of the future that we have. But look at the rest of 1 Peter 1:6 and 7…
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ…
Even in the midst of the most difficult circumstances, we can rejoice because heaven and all the good things that God has waiting for us are still on the horizon.
So no matter what you are going through, keep an eternal perspective. Doing so will give you the hope your soul needs on your darkest days.
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