Something To Look Forward To

Question, “What are you looking forward to today?”  I have discovered that life has little value without anticipation and expectation.  For example, “When I get up in the morning I expect to meet with my Heavenly Father.  I anticipate great things in the day as a result of hearing and heeding what my Father direct’s for each day.”

Be assured this does not mean that each day is without trouble and trial.  Each day is often filled with obstacles and roadblocks.  But my anticipation and expectation is beyond just the moment of each day.

Consider the recipients’ of the book of Hebrews.  They were facing great trails each and every day, “But recall the former days when endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated,” 10:32. I must confess that I asked myself, as I read chapters 10-13, “Did they have anticipation and expectations in what they were facing?”  Without them, certainly they would not want to face each day.

I believe we can clearly see that they did, “For you have compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plunder of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one,” 10:34. Wow, their anticipation and expectation was not for the here and now but for the hereafter.  They were looking forward to what awaited them.

Certainly they had days of discouragement, “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised,” 10:36. Certainly I believe you and I can identify with their days of discouragement.

Maybe even this day you are covered up with worries, work, and weariness in what you have been facing and what you are facing even this day.  In such moments, “We loose our joy and it seems that we just exist and we labor to get through each day.”  Brethren, in such moments we desperately need something to look forward to.

Read carefully these next words, “For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God,” Hebrews 11:10. You think you have it tough?  Consider Abraham who lived his entire life in a land where he was not wanted and he never was able to own anything other than a grave plot for his family.  But through it all Abraham’s life reminds us that this world is not our home or final destination.

For the child of God, heaven awaits and we most certainly have something to look forward to.  My prayer for you is two-fold:  1) Take heart in where you are headed as a child of God  2) Reach out to someone who knows not the gospel today.  They certainly do not have something to look forward to.

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