How would the night look without the starts? Or the moon? It would be a night full of terrors. Yet GOD created the night to have the beauty of billions of stars. Surely, this design in creation means something. To me, it signals hope.
Psalms 43:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
The bible has a lot to say about hope. In fact, when you think about it, GOD has been communicating hope since Genesis. GOD covered the nakedness of Adam and Eve with the skin of an animal.
Christian teachings point to hope as one of the three theological values. The other two are faith and love (charity). Yet hope is different from the two in that hope is an expectation that something good will happen in the future. Hope has this confident expectation and desire that while we are on Earth we shall see the goodness and faithfulness of GOD.
Christ is the ultimate proof of our hope. He took the penalty of death for us and in doing so the whole world became acquitted for her sins. Christ broke the dividing wall between us and GOD. Even the Jews, the very people of GOD had done wrong. But the scriptures teach that by dying on the Cross Jesus paved the way for all people all over the world to come to GOD with hope.
But how do we come to a Holy GOD?
Our Internal State
In Exodus 19 when God appeared to the Israelites on Mount Sinai, He commanded His people to consecrate themselves for two days before they appeared to him on the third day. The Israelites were to:-
a). Consecrate themselves (meaning, make themselves holy for a religious purpose).
b). Wash their garments.
c). Abstain from sexual relations.
Still, even with these regulations and more, the Israelites were forbidden from approaching the mountain or touching the foot of it (Exodus 19:12).
But why is it that only Moses and Aaron could approach this God?
The answer to that lies in the state of the heart.
“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” (Revelation 22:12-16).
Hope is for the righteous. It is for those whose actions, thoughts, and emotions are dipped in the blood of the lamb.
We do not gain this consecration out of our own efforts, but with GOD’s saving power. We come to GOD and repent of our sins. We get born again and purpose to live for Christ. We take time to learn what is the will of GOD through studying scriptures. We engage with GOD in this life with the hope of things to come. Indeed, in every way, hope is for the righteous. Those who have not accepted Christ are, in the spiritual realm, covered in filthy garments. In Zechariah 3.
Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan[a] standing at his right side to accuse him. The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”
Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.”Zechariah 3:1-3
We need to let GOD work on our hearts and minds. For out of the heart comes unclean things (Matthew 15:11). When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal savior, we consecrate ourselves to GOD. We no longer walk in the ways of the world but in the ways of Christ. This different lifestyle is how they know that we are truly God’s children.
Our journey is our responsibility and we take it with hope. We hope that GOD will reward our faith in the last day with the coming of the new kingdom. We also hope that in this life GOD will help us overcome the challenges. Christians are a people who are never without hope. Just the same way the night sky is never without stars.
Some of the names of GOD in the Bible are: The LORD of Hosts. The LORD of Heaven’s Armies. The LORD who surrounds Himself in Light.
When I see the stars at night, I am comforted in knowing that I serve a GOD with an army. An army that’s more numerous than the stars in the sky. So you see, the stars give me hope that the situation is not as dark as it seems in my mind. GOD is in control.
All I have to do is to–continue to work out my salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). And leave the big stuff to GOD.
Check out my song of the week: Goodness of GOD.