“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Letting the Future Control the Present

(Please read Hebrews 11:13-16)

February 25

Today let’s try a little experiment. Keep a mental count of the things you do today and review them this evening to see how much of your day was spent not in just sustaining yourself for the present but in preparation for the future. For example, if you’re attending school, the bulk of your time is being devoted to equipping yourself for the future. If you’re working at a job, you probably are thinking of the future — better pay, perhaps, or the need to send your children to college, or your eventual retirement.

Minister Robert Lee once preached a sermon that caused some listeners to think about things of the sort already mentioned here. But he was talking about something more profound than physical futures. He was discussing the “living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” as it is described in 1 Peter 1:3. This is the hope that makes lively Christians and spurs them and sustains them and supports them as they live here while their main focus is toward living yonder. Robert called this “letting the future control the present.”

So today your hope for the future dictates most of what you do. Isn’t that a wonderful thought! Please take the time now to thank God for your hope of heaven. Sing “Whispering Hope” and let hope speak to your heart today, “soft as the voice of an angel.”’

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