That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard,and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”1 Corinthians 2:9
Battle Drill Daily Devotional
Read 1 Corinthians 2:1-16.
What hopes and dreams did your Mum have for you? I know my Mum longed for me to be a Salvation Army officer, and I am glad she was alive to see me commissioned. God has hopes and dreams for us too.
In fact, Paul tells us we cannot begin to imagine the hopes and dreams God has in store for us, both in this life and for eternity.
In this life he sends us his Holy Spirit. His Spirit gives us the courage to go forward in this life, to press on through all the challenges it throws at us. It his Spirit who gives us the power to endure hardship and avoid giving in to temptation. His Spirit reminds us the best is yet to come!
And the best is that one day God will create a new heaven and a new earth. We will live with him forever. The Bible gives us but a tantalising, breathtaking glimpse of what this will be like. We can be confident that Christ has great blessings in store for us when one day we are Promoted to Glory.
Our hopes and dreams are not yet realised. So let’s continue to love God with every fibre of our being. Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to unfold to us more and more the love God has for us. And let us – mothers, fathers, children, brothers, sisters, friends, whoever – express that love to those around us. Forward, ever forward to God’s hopes and dreams for each one of us!
Glories upon gloriesHenry Alford (1810-1871)
Hath our God prepared,
By the souls that love him
One day to be shared.
Eye hath not beheld them,
Ear hath never heard,
Nor of these hath uttered
Thought or speech a word.
Forward, ever forward,
Where the heaven is bright;
Till the veil be lifted,
Till our faith be sight.
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Song Number 921
Think It Over
Think about the following:
- How is your outlook on life affected by God’s hopes and dreams for your future?
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