Life can be difficult sometimes, but Jesus is always with us! We are encouraged to continue in the faith! In Jesus, we can be grounded and steadfast.
If indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.
For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs 23:18 (NKJV)
I’ve read the Bible all the way through before (and I’m working on reading it through again), but as I read certain passages yet again, invariably something “new” stands out to me. Such is the case with today’s verse. It’s a promise that there is a heaven – there is a hope of eternal life in a perfect world. And the promise is that our hope will not be cut off. Our hope will be fulfilled. In other words, eternal life is not just a hope, it WILL be a reality! All we have to do is accept Jesus’s sacrifice on our behalf and believe on Him, and the gift of salvation is ours (John 3:16)!
I believe that Jesus is coming again VERY soon! When He does, the righteous dead who are sleeping in their graves will be raised up, and we will all meet the Lord together in the air (1 Thessalonian 4:16-18). Our hope will then be realized. What a glorious day that will be! We’ll be reunited with our loved ones and will forever live in a perfect paradise, where there is no more death, pain, sorrow, or suffering. Come, Lord Jesus!
Amanda is the founder of Peace for the Storm and a survivor of the San Bernardino terrorist attack on December 2, 2015. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Southern Adventist University and her Master of Public Health degree in Global Health at Emory University. She is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist. Amanda loves reading, singing, playing the piano, traveling, snorkeling and going to art galleries. Her theme song is “Jesus is All the World to Me.”
This verse has been particularly encouraging to Amanda as of late, as she continues to be in much physical pain and is still healing mentally and emotionally. We pray that you are also encouraged by it!
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God. For I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.