Don’t allow the candle of hope in your life to go out
What has caused you to feel that the candle of hope in your life is soon to go out? Could it be civil war in your home of some kind? Discord in your marriage? Turmoil in your business or work place? Is the source of your hopelessness nothing you can really pinpoint just a general feeling of depression? Disillusionment? Discouragement? Are you convinced Jesus Christ will reign in the world at some future time, but you don’t know what difference that makes in your life today?
The Old Testament in the Books of Samuel- describes how, for approximately 14 years after David was anointed by God to be King over God’s people, he did not sit on the throne. His enemy, Saul was in power, and during that time, Saul desperately did all he could to destroy David and those who were loyal to him. David as a king in exile became a rallying point for God’s people. “All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader. (I Samuel 22:2, NIV).
In one sense, the Lord Jesus Christ is God’s anointed King in exile. The enemies- Satan, self and sin- reign supreme on His earthly throne of authority. Often these “Kings” seem to be invincible in their power and immovable in their position, and all the chaos and discouragement causes our candle of hope to flicker and falter.
But we have heard of the King! We have heard of God’s anointed One! We have heard of His courageous and compassionate leadership just like the people in David’s day heard about their anointed King who was a courageous, compassionate leader who was undefeated in battle. When our candle flickers our hope in Christ ignites the fire of our hearts in devoted faithfulness to Him. Perhaps our candle of hope has almost gone out, but the sun is rising. And who needs a candle when you have the Son?
The vision of His glory is the King’s rallying cry to His people, challenging us to place all our hope in Him. Make Him your priority. Give Him your loyalty. Fan the flame of your love for Him. Live for Him. Serve Him. Be faithful to the King in exile, one day, we will reign with Him!
This hope ignites us to be faithful to His Word. There is no other foundation on which to build our lives, no other rock on which to stand- only Jesus! And He is revealed by God through His word. Therefore, nothing could be more important than to make time for His word every day.
Hope ignites faithfulness to worship. No one else, nor anything else, is worthy of our worship. Only Jesus Christ.
Hope ignites faithfulness to His work and to make use of every moment we have left. It keeps our focus on the big picture lest we grow “weary in doing good” (Galatians 6:9, NIV). Be faithful to work for Christ.
Hope ignites faithfulness to wash. When Jesus told John, ‘Blessed are those that wash their robes” (Revelations 22:14, NIV). He was saying in effect, blessed are those who are not only forgiven but who “daily confess their sin” that they might be cleansed. We never know when we will suddenly find ourselves standing face to face before the One who is Lord of lords and Kings of Kings. We don’t want that moment to come when we are living out of fellowship with Him. Keep your robes washed- confess your sins daily.
Hope ignites faithfulness to witness. How many people do you know who would come under the judgment of God if Jesus were to return today? Be faithful to extend to them His invitation to “come”. Be faithful to the warnings of God. Have a holy fear of His displeasure, judgment and wrath. Those who destroy, dilute, deny, despise and defy God’s Word ultimately disobey it- to their own personal destruction and the destruction of others. In light of the vision of His glory, be faithful to His warning.
Hope ignites our faithfulness to watch- We know He is coming soon; He just has not arrived yet. Hope wakes us up, and keep us awake. In light of the vision of His glory, be faithful to watch! Don’t allow that candle of hope to go out. The King will come!
From my heart.