Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Standing on the Rock!

“It is not too much to say that if all hope were destroyed within the human breast, the race of mankind would die out altogether within a few years. Even the procreative drive and the instinct for self-preservation would hardly be strong enough to save from extinction a race from which all hope had fled.” (Tozer)

Faith is, the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” [Hebrews 11:1].

 In Christ our hope is so secure that Christians do not lose hope. It was the hope of a coming Redeemer, the Messiah, the Christ, that kept the remnant Israelites faithful through the struggles of captivity and the constant drain of worldly temptations to be like those around them. It is what secured the faith of those who were martyred and enabled them to perish yet praising God.

As I look at the political spectrum about us, I’m looking for those who still have a dream, who have a hope, who are confident that the Lord will establish His plans for His people – those who are less worried about who might win the election and more concerned with instilling confidence in those around them, that irrespective of who wins and who loses, our future is secure in Jesus Christ. I WILL NOT be robbed of that joy. God will have His way. That is more certain than anything else.

 How often do we see fear, anxiety, and anger rear their ugly heads when we face temptations, or trials, or illness, or evil, or oppression, when the only appropriate response is joy and gratitude. The Christian CAN rejoice in all circumstances, the illness and death of a loved one, the abandonment of the faith by a child, personal rejection by friends or family, the persecution of a government out of control… We dare to stand up and proclaim loudly:

My hope is built on nothing less 
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; 
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, 
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. 

When darkness veils His lovely face, 
I rest on His unchanging grace; 
In every high and stormy gale 
My anchor holds within the veil. 

His oath, His covenant, and blood 
Support me in the whelming flood; 
When every earthly prop gives way, 
He then is all my Hope and Stay. 

When He shall come with trumpet sound, 
Oh, may I then in Him be found, 
Clothed in His righteousness alone, 
Faultless to stand before the throne! 

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; 
All other ground is sinking sand. 
All other ground is sinking sand. 

More than anything else, as Tozer points out, “faith is confidence IN THE CHARACTER OF GOD, and hope is the sweet anticipation of desirable things promised but not yet realized...the Christian’s hope is sound because it is founded on the character of God and the redeeming work of his Son Jesus Christ."

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! 
In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope 
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and 
into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. 

This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith 
are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation 
that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 
In all this you greatly rejoice...
[1Peter 1:3-6] 

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