Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Encouragement for your daily walk with God

Most of you reading this blog post will not be able to name the Oscar winning, Best Original Song at the 32nd Academy Awards in 1960 from the movie Hole in the Head, but I’m sure you know the song. Frank Sinatra made it popular, and it peaked at #6 on the Billboard Charts in 1959. The song was High Hopes.

The song spoke about an ant we all know about. You know, the one who couldn’t “move a rubber tree plant.” Then comes the famous line, “But he had high hopes.” We’re left with a picture of a hope-filled ant that not only moved the “rubber tree plant,” but also who punched a hole in a “billion kilowatt dam!” “Can’t” vanishes from our thoughts. Overcoming the impossible fills the void. 

The despairing gloom of sin overshadows this sin-sick world. Is there no hope? Yes, there is. His name is Jesus. John the baptizer said of Him, “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overtake it” [John 1:4-5].  

Life in our Lord Jesus sweeps away the darkness both in this life and the one to come. He endured the cross and rose victorious over death. He loosened sin’s grip and opened the gates of heaven for us. The impossible has become possible — “For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins” [Colossians 1:13-14].

Now, nothing, not even death itself, can darken our bright future. Why? Because our hope is already stored up for us in heaven. Maybe an ant can't move a rubber tree plant, but our Lord Jesus still does the impossible. In Him, we have the highest of hopes!

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints— the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel 6 that has come to you. Colossians 1:3-6a

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