What do you hope for?
Remember hoping for that car? Perhaps it was months or years. Perhaps it was a new car, or maybe a classic muscle car. You researched all the online websites. You read up on the pros and cons and finally you made the purchase. It was a happy day, but the days that followed were not quite as happy. The expenses started to add up. No matter how much you babied it, you couldn’t stop the grocery cart from running into it, the hail storm from pelting it, or some of it parts from failing. Your high hopes were coming to nothing but frustrations.
This scenario holds true for every earthly thing we set our hearts on, because in the end, it will all come to nothing. The Bible tells us “the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare” (2 Peter 3:10). In the same way the hopes of the wicked, that is, the unbelievers, will come to nothing because their hopes are not in God. As a result they too will be destroyed.
For what do we hope? On what do our thoughts linger? Too often it’s the things of this world, isn’t it? We are led to believe that the new job with more money or new clothes or new electronics will bring us lasting happiness and joy. Those are simply Satan’s lies, lies that, in the end, will come to nothing.
Proverbs 10:28 tells us there is hope, hope for the righteous, hope that will bring lasting joy. Those who put their hope and trust in Jesus, who believe in him as their Lord and Savior from sin, have a truly joyful hope and prospect for this life and the life to come. Jesus is our most priceless treasure. Putting our hope in him and his promises gives us absolute assurance that our sins are forgiven and heaven is ours.
Certainly the Lord has given us many wonderful gifts, even worldly ones. But let us not treasure them over and above Jesus, our most priceless treasure. Jesus alone is our Joy!
Dear Lord, keep me from craving the things of this world and help me to keep Jesus as my most priceless treasure. Amen.