In my sunroom I have a small figurine of a frog. The little guy sits with his head and large eyes looking upward. On the base is written one word–HOPE. Now, if that frog’s head was hanging down, do you think it’s maker could have written the same word? I don’t think so.
When we walk around with our heads hanging low we are obviously depressed or discouraged or even fearful. And, yes, I have to admit with all that’s happening in our country, it’s very easy to feel like that. But that’s not how God wants us to live. Our world, and frankly our country, gives us no hope that satisfies; besides anything it does offer is only temporal.
Life is short; life is full of uncertainties and wickedness. If we only focus on the temporal, we’re going to continue to walk around with our heads hanging low. Here’s an example of of a wrong focus: the writer of Psalm 73 was focused and envious of the foolish for they seemed to have it all and were getting away with whatever they desired. But then he realized what their end would be (vs. 17-19) – “…in a moment they are utterly consumed with terrors.” (Check out the whole chapter).
We have something so much better to focus on than what the world has to offer. No matter what we are going through, remember it’s only temporary; we have heaven waiting with Jesus standing with arms wide open to welcome us home.
So, “Let not your heart be troubled…” John 14:1. Jesus is preparing a place for us and He’s coming back again. This is our blessed hope, and why we should keep looking up!
(Perhaps you’re not a Christian and you don’t have this assurance. In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father except by me.” You can trust Him now. Don’t put it off: time is running out.)