Hope and Gladness

10 Dec

Sometimes life doesn’t seem to go as we’ve so meticulously planned it to go.

Grandparents age. Children stray.

The car needs repaired, the cabinets are nearly empty, and there’s a stack of bills in the mailbox.

Life is,well, life.

We struggle with contentment, with impatience, with the daily battle between the flesh and the spirit.

Life doesn’t go as planned because we’re sinful, fallen, broken.

But then we find Hope in Scripture.

Hope that brings gladness when circumstances are anything but.

Yes, there always seems to be more month than money, but “yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” (Psalm 37:25)

Yes, children who know the Truth sometimes live as if they don’t but He promised that if we would “train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

Yes, it breaks our hearts as we watch our grandparents’ steps slowing and strength fading, but that only means they are a little closer to Home. For to be “absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” is far better. (2 Corinthians 5:8)

Yes, sin leaves scars and regret lingers long after the deeds are done, but “as far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12) He’s forgotten and longs for us to live in victory only daily fellowship with Him can bring.

Hope in Christ brings a gladness like nothing else can!

Gladness knowing He works all for our good and His glory even when we can’t quite see how the current season fits into His plan.

Gladness knowing it’s not all about now, but rather much more about later. About eternity.

Gladness knowing that He will never ever forsake us. Regardless.

Gladness knowing undeserving sinners can know what it means to have peace with God through Jesus Christ.

Gladness knowing that the baby born in Bethlehem grew up to hang on a tree on Golgotha’s hill that we might be with Him in Paradise.

What an amazing gift!

“The hope of the righteous shall be gladness..!”

Proverbs 10:28

Only one week to go! 🙂 I’m so grateful for all He’s done!

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