December 31 - The Promise of Jesus' Return-Hope for the Future


Today's Scripture: Revelation 22


Central Thought: Hope gives life to those who have regrets.
 

    I always look forward to the New Year. It brings hope in the midst of the grind of life. Resolutions are made. Goals are set. Vision is cast. It's a time of newness, excitement, and anticipation!

 

    It's easy to catch the anticipation as we read in Revelation 22 of the fact that Jesus is coming soon. The end is coming, but the New Heavens and the New Earth are right behind! Jesus says in Revelation 22:12-13, 'Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

    This gives us hope! Hope in the midst of regret. Hope in the midst of failure. We all have failed this year and we all have regrets. Sometimes we can be consumed by those failures. But your failure does not have to be final! Learn from the past but don't live in the past.

 

    F.B. Myer writes: "It is a mistake to be always turning back to recover the past. The law for Christian living is not backward, but forward; not for experiences that lie behind, but for doing the will of God, which is always ahead and beckoning us to follow. Leave the things that are behind, and reach forward to those that are before, for on each new height to which we attain, there are the appropriate joys that befit the new experience. Don't fret because life's joys are fled. There are more in front. Look up, press forward, the best is yet to be!"[1]

    May the coming year be your best year ever! Jesus is coming soon!
 
Devotional Prayer: Father, help me to live in the present with the knowledge that You are coming back soon. Fill me with hope. Help me to learn from my mistakes and leave them behind.

Today's Bible Reading: Malachi 3:1-4:6; Revelation 22:1-21; Psalm 150:1-6; Proverbs 31:25-31


[1] F. B. Meyer in Our Daily Walk. Christianity Today, Vol. 40, no. 1.