At the End of the Day
There is a future and a hope.
Paddick Van Zyl
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30 October 2015
This life and it’s daily struggles to make ends meet, to fulfill one’s calling and be ‘happy’ and ‘fulfilled’, can take its toll on even the tough and mature believers in Christ. The saying “life is not for the faint-hearted” has some truth to it, after all.
The question arising from all of this is: What present or future hope is there for the believer who has invited and submitted their life to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord? What awaits us? Is there any consolation or hope for our faith? All valid questions. And all of these questions are answered within the pages of the Bible, God’s Holy Word. It is also this Bible, Jesus’ last will, and testament that was left for us, God’s children, who are washed and redeemed through the blood of Christ. Our inheritance is explained in detail in the Bible. We can have assurance, peace, hope and joy about our future but also our present circumstances while journeying through life on this earth.
Let’s discover, together, what it is that God has promised through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus, on the cross of Calvary over 2000 years ago.
I trust you will enjoy reading this book as much As I enjoyed writing it. My prayer: that the Holy Spirit would enlighten you as the reader of this book and make plain and clear the verses contained within the Word of God and on these pages to bring a better understanding to your spirit so you too may know Him, really and truly know Him much better.
Pastor Paddick Van Zyl
Where Are We Headed?
As the human race living on this planet, we have come a long way in our ‘evolution’ of discovery, growth, and expansion of knowledge. We have erected higher buildings, traveled farther and quicker, as well as accomplished so much more than previous generations before us. Yet on the other side of the spectrum of our greatness, we have destroyed and broken down and have robbed ourselves from what God has originally intended for us to achieve and to be.
As a race, we so easily destroy the world we live in and even one another with words, attitudes, and weapons. Most are bent on their own satisfaction, their accomplishments and what they desire. Few are there that really care for others. While this may sound very dark and negative, it is not the intention for it to be thus. The question to ask is: where are we headed? Where will this all end? Is there hope for us as human beings? Where does God and His Holy Word fit into all of this?
Reading the daily tabloids sure does nothing to bring one peace and calm and the media and television simply adds to this ‘bad news’ propaganda we get fed. Robert L. Leahy Ph.D., in his article: How Big a Problem is Anxiety? notes;
‘[_ And anxiety isn’t helped by the fact that we have all the bad news all the time. Turn on your cable stations and you can immediately see the latest catastrophe---sometimes as it is actually happening in “real time”. Bad news sells—and reminds us--- that we can all be in danger. Even though we live longer, have better health care, travel is safer, we are richer, and we have safer cars--- we now think that there is a disaster on the horizon. Because we are constantly bombarded with bad news, we think that we are in greater danger. We may not be in greater danger---but it’s what we think that counts in the way we feel. _]’
Life has changed so dramatically over the past decades that depression and anxiety are commonplace, and it may very well be the fact that we do not reach out to others anymore, hiding in our own little worlds and getting farther and farther away from God, our Maker, as Leahy notes;
‘The average high school kid today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950’s. We are getting more anxious every decade. Psychologists have speculated about the possible reasons for this increase in both anxiety and depression over the last fifty years. Some of the reasons may be a decrease in “social connectedness”—-we tend to move more, change jobs, participate less in civic organizations, and we are less likely to participate in religious communities. People are far less likely to get married, more likely to delay getting married, and more likely to live alone. All of these factors can contribute to worry, uncertainty, anxiety and depression.’
Leahy rightly goes on to explain what has become common place in our hurried lives- due to our increased expectations we are more ‘driven by unrealistic ideas of what we need (“I need the latest iPod!!”), and we have unrealistic ideas about relationships and appearance ,’ and the unstable job market has led to redundancies and a crippling economy.
Praise God, that there is still good news, there still is a place where we can find peace and joy and comfort. God’s Word, the Bible, and God’s presence is such a place. Reading the end of the Bible does not reveal a pretty picture – all depending of course on which side of the fence one stands. For some, it will become more dreadful while for others it will be bliss. On which side do you find yourself?
What A Consolation
Despite the world being in a downward spiral, is there a comfort, a reassurance, a consolation for the believer who has put their hope, faith, and trust in Christ Jesus? The Word of God attests to this fact in many instances. The following verses found in the book of Romans chapter 5 is so powerful that it almost is unbelievable at first:
Romans 5:1-2, 5
1 So now, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith in his promises, we can have real peace with him because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 For because of our faith, he has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to actually becoming all that God has had in mind for us to be.
5 … no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
And to add the cherry to the top, we find this amazing promise and guarantee in chapter 8 of the same book, which if this does not convince you of God’s love for you, then nothing will;
Romans 8:38-39 NLT
38 For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, 39 or where we are—high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean—nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us.
Whenever we are in need of peace, perfect peace, in our turmoil-filled world, then we can rest assure that God will give us peace if we keep our mind on His Word;
Isaiah 26: 3-4
3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength.
In His Word, God also promises the believer strength, inner and outer strength for the journey ahead, if we will but wait on Him. To wait means to trust in God’s timing, His plan. It means to stay focused on Him and His Word. To read the Bible and pray, just like a pregnant woman is waiting for her unborn child to be born, she waits, prepares herself and makes everything ready for the baby’s arrival;
Isaiah 40:31 TLB
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
We are commanded not to fear. This is easier said than done in many cases. Our world and lives are filled, many times, with fearful situations: danger, earthquakes, inflation, job losses – the list goes on and on. Yet, in all of life’s fear filled moments, God says we should not fear because He, God Himself in the form of the Holy Spirit, is within the believer, who trusts in Him! This is powerful. If, and there is always a condition to any promise in the Bible, we meet the condition of the promise, we can rest assured that God will see to it that the promise is fulfilled in our lives. We are to be ‘not dismayed’ (intimidated, downcast, depressed, discouraged), worried, concerned. God will hold us up with His own hand;
Isaiah 41:10 TLB
10 Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
So, with these few verses promising us amazing things, let’s see what awaits the believer in Christ, who has truly surrendered, truly invited Jesus into their hearts and lives. The future is bright and glorious, depending on what side and what vantage point one observes it from.
‘One day’, words we have often heard, perhaps as children from our parents, teachers or family. ‘One day this or that will happen’. ‘One day, you will be successful, one day!’ ‘If you’re lucky, one day’, we believe and place our trust and dreams in those words but along the way, life happens and we forget, we are beaten by the storms and it seems that one day will never come. For the believer in Christ, one day should be so real, so alive. The moment we invite Jesus Christ into our lives, one day becomes an instant reality.
The fact that we often overlook is this: this life, the time we spent on this earth living life is so temporary. There is a life after this. There is an eternity. And it is our choice where we spend eternity. One day will arrive for each and every individual alive, where we will meet Jesus face to face if we have invited Him into our lives. And what a day that will be. At that very moment that we meet Jesus, each and every problem, heartache and obstacle we had here on earth will be wiped away. As if it never existed.
Just imagine for a moment- you have a mountain of debt, you can never see your way pass this debt. Creditors are harassing you to pay them. There is no way out. Then in an instant, you receive an envelope: enough money to settle all debt, and more than enough to live from for the rest of your life! Wow!
This is what Jesus Christ did for you and I. He laid down and gave His life for us so we may, one day, when we breathe our last breath on this earth, may be in His presence, in heaven, for all eternity.
There are so many promises in the Bible that assure the believer of their one day that will come true. Many believe firmly that the Bible is a fairy tale, like little Red Riding Hood or Peter Pan. They hold firm that the Bible is a story book and not relevant for this day and age. Some hold the notion that God could not have envisioned what life would be like, today when He created Adam and Eve. They argue that the Bible is not relevant to today’s life and the way we engage with life. How sad. How blind. These same people have never had an encounter with the living God, the same God who created them in their mother’s womb. The same God that gives them breath each new day.
God is as relevant today as He was in the Garden of Eden, as He was with Jesus’ birth and resurrection, as He will be in 2070, as He will be forever. God IS. At all times, in every dimension of space. And the fact is this- God never breaks His promises, He keeps His promises since God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? (Numbers 23:19 NIV).
Following are just a couple of verses that reassures us, as believers in Christ, of our ‘one day’. On these promises, we can stand and be fully assured (guaranteed) that what He said He will do:
Romans 10:11 TLB
11 For the Scriptures tell us that no one who believes in Christ will ever be disappointed.
1 Corinthians 2:9 ESV
9 But as the Scriptures say, “No one has ever seen, no one has ever heard, no one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
Revelation 21:4 NLT
4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
1 Peter 1:2,3,4-6,8-9,17,23 TLB
2 Dear friends, God the Father chose you long ago and knew you would become his children. And the Holy Spirit has been at work in your hearts, cleansing you with the blood of Jesus Christ and making you to please him. May God bless you richly and grant you increasing freedom from all anxiety and fear.
3…for it is his boundless mercy that has given us the privilege of being born again so that we are now members of God’s own family. Now we live in the hope of eternal life because Christ rose again from the dead.
4 And God has reserved for his children the priceless gift of eternal life; it is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.
5 And God, in his mighty power, will make sure that you get there safely to receive it because you are trusting him. It will be yours in that coming last day for all to see.
6 So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though the going is rough for a while down here.
8 You love him even though you have never seen him; though not seeing him, you trust him; and even now you are happy with the inexpressible joy that comes from heaven itself.
9 And your further reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.
17 And remember that your heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites when he judges. He will judge you with perfect justice for everything you do; so act in reverent fear of him from now on until you get to heaven.
23 For you have a new life. It was not passed on to you from your parents, for the life they gave you will fade away. This new one will last forever, for it comes from Christ, God’s ever-living Message to men.
1 Thessalonians 4: 13-17 TLB
13 And now, dear brothers, I want you to know what happens to a Christian when he dies so that when it happens, you will not be full of sorrow, as those are who have no hope.
14 For since we believe that Jesus died and then came back to life again, we can also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him all the Christians who have died.
15 : that we who are still living when the Lord returns will not rise to meet him ahead of those who are in their graves.
16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a mighty shout and with the soul-stirring cry of the archangel and the great trumpet-call of God. And the believers who are dead will be the first to rise to meet the Lord.
17 Then we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with him forever. (Emphasis mine)
So powerful. No one, not a single soul has seen what God has in store for His children. That alone should have you jumping for joy. And knowing the goodness and kindness of God, the beautiful earth He created for us- what is heaven like? What does He have planned for us for all eternity? With our tiny and limited mind, it is almost unthinkable to even begin to imagine what eternity with God would be like.
A Future and Present Hope
When we think of the word ‘hope’ we tend to think in terms of something that will happen or take place. In our human understanding of the word, the meaning of hope has the idea that something may happen or may not. In the Greek language in which the New Testament was written, the word for ‘hope’ is elpis. The Holman Bible Dictionary goes on to explain ‘hope’ as follows:
‘Hope is certain because what is hoped for is based on the character and power of God ( Genesis 49:18; Psalm 52:9; Isaiah 51:5-6 ). The element of uncertainty derived from the Greek culture disappears. This uncertainty came about in the Greek tendency to center hope on human activity and power, or on the gods who were not always dependable. New Testament hope (or trust), following instead it’s Old Testament roots, is grounded in the being of Almighty God who is absolutely trustworthy (Romans 15:12-13; 2 Corinthians 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 4:10; 1 Timothy 5:5; 1 Timothy 6:17 ).
Future hope focuses upon the expectancy of the consummation of the individual’s salvation at the close of the age. With the ushering in of the eternal order at the return of Christ, the believer’s hope becomes experienced reality rather than anticipation of future experience (Romans 8:24-25 ).’ 5
All of a sudden hope takes on a new meaning: we can be certain of what we hope for because of God’s character and power. Only God truly knows about the future. In fact, He is the future since He is omnipresent (ever-present) and omniscient (all-knowing). The late pastor and author, Adrian Rogers is quoted as saying: “Has it ever occurred to you that nothing occurs to God?” 4 God knows it all. Those who claim to know the future do so, not under the direction and leading of God except in the case of true Biblical and Spirit led gifts of prophecy, word of wisdom and word of knowledge (1 Corinthians 13 & 14), are deceived and deceive others. If God revealed but snippets of the future to one of His leading Apostles John while on the Isle of Patmos and to Paul, His general, who in turn revealed it to us in His Word, why would anyone ‘claim’ to know exactly what heaven will be like or what the future holds and what will unfold in eternity to come. And some do this very thing.
God chose His workmen and His Word to reveal to us a glimpse of what awaits us when we leave our bodies behind on this earth. Think back for a moment what it was like when you, as a child, got prepped for the upcoming family holiday, Christmas or event unique to your family setup. The excitement was overwhelming. You counted the number of days left. You anticipated the joy and fun and gifts. It was magical.
1 Corinthians 15: 51-53,58 TLB
51 But I am telling you this strange and wonderful secret: we shall not all die, but we shall all be given new bodies!
52 It will all happen in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For there will be a trumpet blast from the sky,[f] and all the Christians who have died will suddenly become alive, with new bodies that will never, never die; and then we who are still alive shall suddenly have new bodies too.
53 For our earthly bodies, the ones we have now that can die, must be transformed into heavenly bodies that cannot perish but will live forever.
58 So, my dear brothers, since future victory is sure, be strong and steady, always abounding in the Lord’s work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever wasted as it would be if there were no resurrection
The same holds true for us believers in Christ. God wants us to be excited about our future with Him. He wants us to be preparing and making ready to meet with Him in heaven. If we had known and seen what would be waiting for us, a full itinerary of heaven and eternity, would we still be excited with joy unexplainable?
God wants us, His children, to be busy each day with what He has given us to do, and thinking about the future we will be spending with Him. He has given us His peace for right now and His strength to carry on living for Him each day while His promises about our future are secure and sealed in the blood of Christ, His Son for all eternity.
Derek Hill reminds us all; of the 5 essential things we should never forget when we are faced with fear for the future:
*Your Future Is Ordained By God (Job 1:11)
*Future Glory (Romans 8:18-21)
*In Darkness He Is Light (John 1:5)
*He Is Certain Of Your Uncertainty
*Listen To Comforting Music (praise and worship)
In the book of Colossians, we find the apostle Paul writing about his ministry to the church, the body of Christ. Here Paul speaks of a mystery hidden and the hope of glory. What does he mean?
Colossians 1:25-27 ESV
25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,
26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints.
27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
It is simply a future and present hope of eternal life. A hope and guarantee that, as believers in Christ, we will be with Him in His presence and have face to face fellowship with Him. As Ray Stedman notes;
‘That is what this great text is saying. God wants to present us “holy, without blemish, and free from accusation,” just as his Son was. We are being conformed to the image of his Son. He is “bringing many sons to glory.” We must have what he is in order to be what he was. That is why it is important to understand this great mystery, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
The world knows nothing of this mystery. You will never find it mentioned by the media, except by Christians. You will never learn about it in the great universities of the world. In all secular wisdom and knowledge there is no recognition of this incomparable source of change in a human life. It is found only in the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is why this message is such a powerful, world transforming, revolutionary statement, and why we ought to give ourselves to understanding it more than any other thing in life.’
Hebrews 12:1-2 TLB
1 Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us.
2 Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterwards; and now he sits in the place of honor by the throne of God.
What an encouraging verse for those times that we feel overwhelmed when life seems too hectic. We have a crowd in heaven cheering us on. Encouraging us to keep going. And as long as we keep our eyes and focus on Jesus, we will make it. We will fulfill what God has called us to. We will reach the end of the day and the start of a brand new eternity with God. Ray Stedman sums up life and faith and the future as follows:
‘But without faith, life must therefore be a blind march into mystery: We cannot know where we are going; we do not know what is coming, we do not see what lies ahead. The future is an imponderable enigma to those without faith; anything can happen. Therefore there is always a sense of anxiety in trying to look ahead.
But faith believes that God has revealed something about the future; not everything, but something. And what he has revealed is quite enough for us to know. Faith seizes upon a revealed event and begins to live in anticipation of it. Therefore, faith gives life goal, purpose and destination. It is a look into the future.’
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
A very interesting verse is found in the first epistle of John, where he speaks about our future. John, by the Spirit of God, says that we are already God’s children, if we have invited Jesus into our hearts and living for Him however it has not been revealed what we shall be or what we will be called. God has some amazing plans and things lined up for us, for eternity.
1 John 3 :2 TLB
Yes, dear friends, we are already God’s children, right now, and we can’t even imagine what it is going to be like later on. But we do know this, that when he comes we will be like him, as a result of seeing him as he really is.
The New King James Version of this verse reads:
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
The Bible commentator, Charles Ward Smith, says this about 1 John 3 verse 2:
‘You know, the Bible is interesting in that it doesn’t give us that much insight into just what heaven is gonna be like. And the reason why is because there are no words that can describe it. That’s what Paul said of his experience, “I was caught up into the third heaven and, hey, I heard things that it would be a crime to try to describe them in human language, and I’m not gonna even try” ( 2 Corinthians 12:1-4 ). It would be a crime to try to describe them in human terms. There is no human language that can express these things. So, because language is limited and is incapable of really expressing the fullness of the glory, the beauty, it just remains not described for us.’
But the fact remains that heaven is a real place. A universe so to speak wherein the full glory of God is displayed for all His children to see and enjoy. To dispute what others have seen and experienced out of their bodies in heaven is not for me to enter into. I am making ready for when Jesus comes to fetch His bride. And that could be any moment. The glory awaits each and every one who is ready to meet with Jesus. Smith notes in his commentary on 1 John 3:
‘What if you had a child that was blind and you tried to describe the sunset that we had last night? With a child who has never seen the oranges, and the reds, and the clouds and the beauties, fading out into the light blues and the pinks and all. How could you with words, adequately describe the beauty of a sunset? It defies description. So the heavenly scene defies description. The Bible doesn’t attempt to. It just tells you, “Hey, it’s glory beyond anything you could ever believe or imagine.”’
The lyrics to the song There Will be a Day by contemporary Christian musician Jeremy Camp sums it up so beautifully:
“There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears. There will be a day when the burdens of this place will be no more. We’ll see Jesus face to face. But until that day, we’ll hold on to You always.”
While now, on our journey through life on this earth, we often times experience difficulty and sadness, pain and confusion together with the good times and blessings all mixed together, at the end of the day, at the end of your life it will change. For believers in Christ Jesus, our ‘end of day’ will be a glorious and awe-filled reunion with our loved ones and with Jesus Himself.
‘You can find strength to begin in Jesus, you can venture out and start this life of faith today in him. You also discover strength to continue. He is not “up there” somewhere. As this book (Bible) has made clear, he is within us, by faith. If we have received Jesus Christ, he dwells within. He has entered into the sanctuary, into the inner man, into the place where we need strength, and is available every moment for me. Therefore, in Christ, I have all that it takes to meet life.’
If we can but receive a revelation, a glimpse into the spiritual realm and understand and realizer that God, the Creator of the universe, our Creator, has our life and future securely in His hands – we will never fear, worry or be concerned ever again about the future.
Looking from a heavenly and eternal perspective, if we entrust and place our lives into His care, we are guaranteed that we will have an incredible future filled with hope awaiting us, for all eternity. And, at the end of the day, at the end of our life, we will enter into the glory of our Lord and Savior to share in and enjoy our eternal life with God, His Son and His Spirit. There simply is no better hope than this.
1 Leahy, Robert. L: Ph.D.: How Big a Problem is Anxiety? Psychology Today- Anxiety Files
2 Ibid, Robert Leahy
3 Ibid, Robert Leahy
4 Rogers, Adrian: Christianquotes.info/quotes-by-author/adrian-rogers-quotes/
5 Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for Future Hope. Holman Bible Dictionary.
6 Hill, Derek: 5 Thoughts To Comfort Us When We Fear The Future; What Christians Want To Know
7 Stedman, Ray C.. Commentary on Colossians 1:1. Ray Stedman Expository Studies
8 Stedman, Ray C. Commentary on Hebrews 12:1. Ray Stedman Expository Studies
9 Smith, Charles Ward. Commentary on 1 John 3:1. Chuck Smith Bible Commentary
10 Ibid, Smith, Charles Ward
11 Jeremy Camp contemporary Christian musician :
12 Stedman, Ray C.; Commentary on Hebrews 12:1, Ray Stedman Expository Studie, 2010;
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Pastor Paddick Van Zyl is co-founder and Senior Pastor together with his wife, Pastor Roelien of Laus Deo Ministries Int., a ministry that is dedicated to Biblical counseling and seeing marriages and families restored back to God’s original plan and His Word. He holds a M.Th and B.Th from Team Impact Christian University USA and is an ordained minister of the gospel. His passion is to help see God’s people healed and resorted emotionally and spiritually and to minister the precepts of God’s Word so others may grow thereby.
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This life and itâ€™s daily struggles to make ends meet, to fulfil oneâ€™s calling and be â€˜happyâ€™ and â€˜fulfilledâ€™, can take its toll on even the tough and mature believers in Christ. The saying â€œlife is not for the faint-heartedâ€ has some truth to it, after all. The question arising from all of this is: What present or future hope is there for the believer who has invited and submitted their life to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord? What awaits us? Is there any consolation or hope for our faith? God's Word holds all the answers we will ever need.