Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion! (Ecclesiastes 9:4)
If you are reading this today and Jesus is your Lord and Savior, you are among the living; and because you are among the living, you are to be filled with a holy hope. Here is one powerful Gospel truth why:
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him. (Lamentations 3:25)
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him. Notice that Scripture does not say the Lord is good to those whose hope is in their career path, their bank account, their good looks, their education, or their physical ability. It says the Lord is good to those whose hope is in him.
So . . . where is your hope today? Is it focused on Him . . . or something smaller, which may dangle the promise of a great reward but in the end will never deliver on its promise? Look at what the Psalmist said:
Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. (Psalm 34:10)
In other words, everything you need to accomplishall that God is calling you to do will be placed at your disposal. God will never call you to do something without giving you everything you need to get it done. Nothing can stand in the way of God’s purpose for your life. The world, the flesh, and the devil will oppose you, but greater is He who is in you—and that makes you greater than any and all opposition that stands in your way.
Difficulties at work? Hope in the Lord
Struggles in your single walk? Hope in the Lord
Distance in your marriage? Hope in the Lord
Challenges in your parenting? Hope in the Lord
Regardless of where this finds you today, keep your hope in the Lord. Go to Him in prayer and plead your case. Go to Him in His Word and marinate in His truth. Go to Him through the godly people He has placed in your life to give you counsel and comfort. Because God’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23), each day is a day of glorious new beginnings. With everydawn there is new hope, new opportunity, and new possibilities—but not for a dead lion . . . . or any other dead thing for that matter! All those new beginningsare available only to one who isalive in Christ.
I think we would all agree that in the realm of the physical world it is far better to be a live dog than a dead lion. What is true in the physical world is true in the spiritual world, only with far greater importance. There are many great individuals who are walking around this world drawing breath, yet they are outside of the kingdom of God. They know not the things of God, they have no concern about them, and thus they are dead in trespasses and sins. They are as the dead lion.
But for you whose hope is in the Lord, even if you are the “least” of all those who reside within the court of heaven, you are alive today and shall live forever more. Rejoice!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!