I have to admit, I smiled when I read Paul’s words today:
While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh…2 Corinthians 5:4a
It seems like there’s always plenty to groan and sigh about. Aches and pains are part of life for so many of us. I don’t think I know anyone who can get up every morning and live throughout the day without some form of discomfort and irritation. And pain often leads to fear.
Fear of illness and for many . . . fear of death.
But Paul went on to give us the hope that is able to remove fear…
… it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.2 Corinthians 5:4b–5
In the midst of all of life’s aches and pains that result in groaning, I want to remember that this achy body is temporary and a beautiful promise is waiting for us.
For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies.2 Corinthians 5:1–3
I believe God wants us to live a rich and satisfying life right now! Jesus said:
I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.John 10:10 (MSG)
Not just eternal life far off in the distance following a death that is feared but…
By God’s grace through Jesus, a rich, real, and satisfying life right now because we are living each day with an eternal perspective.
We don’t have to fear death because we have God’s promise…
God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”Revelations 21:3b–4
So, let’s pray and ask God to help us hold on to the eternal perspective that gives us the hope that removes fear.
A Prayer for the Hope that Removes Fear
Father, thank you for Your Word . . . for promises that give me hope for today, for my future on earth, and for my forever future in heaven. Thank you that eternal life became my future the moment Jesus entered my heart. Thank you that the life You give is one filled with forgiveness and love. Thank you that the life You give turns fear into the faith that gives peace and hope.
By Your grace and with Your help, I am able to endure today’s aches and pains, frustrations and frailties, uncertainties and unknowns trusting that You are with me always. (Matthew 28:20) You are my hope. (Romans 5:5) You are King of kings and Lord of lords. (1 Timothy 6:15) You are the promise I can rely upon forever. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
Lord, I ask that when life is painful and fear creeps in You will fill my heart and mind, and give me the eternal perspective I need. Please give me the hope that defeats every doubt, that lasts, and that removes fear forever. Your grace is an amazing gift . . . it gives me victory today, tomorrow, and forever. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.
When you feel those aches and pains today. When you are tempted by the enemy to give in to fear. Pause and remember that Jesus is your hope. He wants to remove your fear and He is able to do it.
I lived for far too long overwhelmed by fear. I believed in Jesus for my eternal future but I didn’t trust Him to give me the courage and strength I needed each day.
Please trust me when I tell you that was a lie straight from the pits of hell.
Jesus is greater than our greatest fears. He is able to give us everything we need right now—not just in some far-off distant future.
And if He is able to give me the hope that removes fear . . . I promise you, He is able to give it to you as well.
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:19
On today’s note write:
Jesus is the hope that removes fear.
May God bless you today as He gives you an eternal perspective and meets your every need through Jesus.
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