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Does true Hope exist?

 

I don’t know why but I was just thinking about death recently.  The sun is shining, life is good, but I believe I started pondering it for a good reason.  I’ll share that reason with you.

I think death entered my idle mind as I started thinking about my little brother who is in the Holy Land right now, touring around Israel.  I love him so much.  My mind went into “what if…” mode.  I hate it when it does that, and I have to forcefully stop it sometimes, because it can be so damaging.  But my mind played the “what if…” question to my brother.  “What if my brother died in Israel?”  Well he would certainly get a front row seat of the return of Christ when he rises from the dead, but in the off-chance he did die in Israel, it would be a devastating blow the family.  We would miss him dearly!  But praise be to God, we would have hope of seeing him again.

Does everyone have this hope?  I know of a family who don’t believe in a heaven and hell.  They believe that we live for the best we can in this life, and then die.  Die and disappear pretty much.  Which is why its important to them to invest in society so much, so as to leave a legacy.

I want to pose a series of “Isn’t it curious….” questions to this type of outlook towards death, for those who say there is no God, and there is no after-life, we just…..disappear.

Isn’t it curious we place so much effort and life into the pursuit of love….only to lose it in the end?

Isn’t it curious we spend the good part of our lives investing in material things that we seek and work to call our own…to only lose it in the end and it become others possessions?

Isn’t it curious how we react to death…as if death is a cruel thief stealing our loved ones at a most inconvenient time?

Isn’t it curious how we mourn and miss our loved ones….as if we feel we have been dealt a crappy hand, and life turns to be an unfair master?

Isn’t it curious why a word even exists called HOPE?

If a word called “hope” exists, and all is useless in the end, are we just fooling ourselves when we talk about hope, at all?

Or maybe there is hope…true hope!  Hope that says, “All your love is not wasted!”  Hope that calls back from the grave, “You’ll see me once again, but in paradise!”  Hope that offers a saving hand to you, that will pick you up out of any trouble you get into.  Hope that says, “Even if you’ve been dealt a crappy hand, ultimately there is hope for you beyond the grave.”

Hope is written on Christ’s arm as he turns to death and deals a blow so great, it crushes him to disappearing, while saying, “Death is swallowed up in victory; O death where is your victory?  O death where is your sting?”

Those who love Jesus Christ, we are “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” Titus 2:13-14

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“Does God’s patience run out?”

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There has always been a question that has burnt its place in my mind, and all my meanderings and readings have not satisfied this question.  Soon I will be done with this essay, and I’ll have a much better grasp on this issue than before when I’m done, but until then I leave with you an excerpt.

I deal with the question of patience.  Does God’s patience run out with me?  Does it run out, at the 98th time I lose my temper, and I lose something, like a nice pretty jewel on my crown in heaven?  So I turned to the word and fervently searched the pages in search of an answer.

I’ve found (not exhaustively of course), that God’s patience was mainly exercised for our Salvation, and patience is replaced with discipline for those who love Him.  Here is an excerpt:

“The reason God shows kindness in his patience is that they who have lived a life against God would be given the chance to choose God.  Indeed it takes much spiritual work to undo the hardening of the sin encrusted soul.  But with one powerful word that God can utter, He changes the identity and nature of the perpetually sinning man; when God says, “This one is Mine!” Truly God’s mind has known that sinner as his even before the world was accepted, but the world obeys and acknowledges the admittance of another sinner into the kingdom. At that moment the unrepentant man is illuminated with the Holy Spirit, and its light shows him for who he really is, a man in need of a savior.

What a harrowing and deadly place it is to be on the ever shortening end of God’s patience. For the unrepentant man, patience does come to an end.  “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions…God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.”  (Romans 1:26, Romans 1:28)  The language here is definitely one of limit.  Here we get the clear picture that God’s patience is indeed not limitless to the one who is a “hater of God”.  The language here strongly depicts God handing over the unrepentant man to his own desires.  It is a mercy that God had previously kept them from such a state, but after God deems it necessary, he gives the sinful natured man over to his own sinful flesh, and it is in such a circle of selfishness he thus continues.  Man feeding sin, sin feeding man!  God has withdrawn His caring hand to this individual, and two things will happen.  If he repents, he will be saved, but if he continues to indulge in himself, the wrath of God is his.  “But for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.” (Romans 2:8)

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