It is easy to get discouraged. Just turn on the news, and it doesn’t take too long to find out that there is a lot of restlessness in our world. But did you know that God does not wish for His children to live in fear and discouragement? There is always hope as long as there is God!
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost,” (Romans 15:13).
I believe many Christians are watching what is going on around the world and are wringing their hands as if they have nothing to lean on. They have been crippled by fear and they think the only way peace can come is by relief from this world. I’ve heard this a lot: “I’m just waiting on trumpet to sound so we can get out of this mess!”
Friends, your everlasting life does not start when you go to meet Him in the air. Your everlasting life starts the moment that you receive Christ as Saviour. He has saved you for a purpose, and that purpose is living for His glory.
Look at what Paul reminded the church at Philippi: “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again,” (Philippians 1:23-26).
The desire to want to be with Jesus is not bad at all. But when we wish to escape the circumstances that God has divinely ordained for our lives, we have missed something. Paul wanted to be with his Lord, but he realized that God’s purpose for him at the time was to fulfill a need. The church in Philippi needed Paul’s wisdom and guidance in order to further the gospel and to grow in Christ. This was God’s will. Not so that they would glory in Paul, but that “…their rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ…”
Can I challenge you today? Someone needs you! You are wanted. You are loved. You are needed.
Whether it’s your little one who literally cannot survive without you, or it’s a friend who is in dire need of counsel—someone needs you. God has placed you right where you are, given you the necessary tools to accomplish and fulfill a need. It doesn’t matter if you’re retired or home alone, God has given you life so that you may give Jesus to someone around you.
Heaven will be sweet, and it will soon become a reality; but remember, you are here “for such a time as this,” (Esther 4:14).