Rejoice and Be Glad in Hope

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The hope for the Christian believer is the return of Christ to take us home to heaven. Even though some Christian people fear the day of Christ’s return, this event will most definitely be a day of rejoicing and gladness. Jesus Christ is returning to reward the believer, not to condemn him or her.

John 3:17:
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

The word world represents the people of the whole world, and God sent Jesus Christ into this world NOT to condemn us, but rather that through him we can be saved. This is the truth of Scripture and the will of God “Who will have all men to be saved” (I Timothy 2:4). The absolute will of God is that all of us accept our salvation, and even though many will refuse God’s abundant, generous offer – it is still God’s will. I Timothy 2:4 continues: “and {God’s will is for the saved} to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” God does not say His will is for us to have “a knowledge of some truth” or “some knowledge of the truth,” but He wants us to be saved and He also wants us to come unto THE knowledge of THE truth – that being, His Word to the enjoyment of our knowing the salvation of our souls.

Jesus prayed in John 17:17 “thy {God’s} word is truth,” and truth is what makes one free. To be genuinely free from the condemnation about Christ’s return is a magnanimous burden-lifter which will indeed free one’s life from fear.

Psalms 16:8–9:
-8: I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
-9: Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

This is the declaration of King David, he had absolutely no fear of his future because first of all he understood and came unto the knowledge of the truth. With this knowledge he was able to keep the Lord before him, in the forefront of his thinking and believing actions, thus he had no reason to be moved from his inner convictions. Therefore, His heart was glad, and his glory (his heart, his inner self) rejoiced. His glory was in knowing the Savior of the world, which gave him hope of the coming of Jesus Christ, with great expectations of the next life.

Isaiah 25:9:
And it shall be said in that day {the day of the return, the day the believer anticipates and hopes in daily}, Lo, this is our God: we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Zephaniah 3:14:
Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

The context of Zephaniah 3 is about the believers’ hope to be established in God’s chosen place at Zion – in Jerusalem. Zephaniah is talking to believers. Does he instruct them to “be glad and rejoice” with fear and reluctantly? No – he does not. He says “with all the heart!” The reason that we may be glad and rejoice with all of our heart is because we know the glorious truth of the hope of the return of Christ. Where is the sorrow in his return? There is none in the hope of his return; thus and therefore, we may Rejoice and be Glad in our Hope!

Rejoicing and gladness are gifts of God to His children, and the more we anticipate our gathering together to be with our Savior and our heavenly Father the more we may daily, in the here and now, partake of the gifts of God.

Philippians 4:4:
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

Casting Our Care upon God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When I recall first hearing that I could cast all of my cares upon God, I first thought, “Why would I do such a thing as giving God something that I do not even want?” That is a good question, and the answer is wonderful!

Casting our cares upon God is the will of God, for in doing so He can then go to work delivering us from all our cares. To cast is to deliberately pass it on with mental thought, like as if we were casting a fishing line into a particular spot on a lake where the fish are swimming. Do you know what else? When we cast deliberately, we expect to bring in a catch. It is the same with God; He would love nothing more than to return unto us the true desires of our hearts, and one key about “how to receive from God” is by first casting our cares, then the receiving will come.

I Peter 5:7 (The Amplified bible): **
Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

The first usage of “care” in I Peter 5:7 in the Greek Text is a different word than the second two words, “cares.” The first word “care” means that which is distracting the mind, such as our anxieties and our worries, while the word “cares” above (used twice) is beautifully illustrated in the Amplified Bible with the words affectionately and watchfully. In the Text, “cares,” means to be an object of care or interest, with forethought.

I Peter 5:7 from the Zondervan Interlinear Greek reads as follows, “All your care having cast upon him, because with him there is care about you.” God is genuinely concerned about you and me in His reasoning and thinking, for He gave (way before we were born) His only begotten Son for us, knowing that in the end we would be redeemed and we would belong to Him. “For I {God} know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11).

We, on our own merits, are oftentimes distracted in our minds with the cares of this world, while God is never distracted and ready to answer our prayers and deliver us from the cares of this world. Now that we are the children of God, His greatest desire is to care for us completely, yet a man or woman must believe and be fully persuaded that what God promises us through His Word, He is also willing and able to do for us (Romans 4:20–21).

Psalms 55:22 (The Amplified Bible): *
Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).

Our loving heavenly Father is always able to deliver us; all we need to do is give over to Him whatever is a burden to us. Thankfully, God will never give them back to us, yet sometimes we may become impatient and take them back ourselves, and some people actually blame God for not working on their timetables.

Recall God’s promise to us that we shall reap if we faint not (Galatians 6:9). God will never allow the righteous (you and me) to be moved from our convictions when we give God the blessed opportunity to care for us.

II Corinthians 1:10:
Who {God} delivered {past tense} us from so great a death, and doth deliver {present tense}: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us {future tense};

The great “death” is in reference to the end times, yet we have been completely delivered from any and all the future judgments (I Thessalonians 1:10), for we have been given eternal life (I John 5:11–12). II Corinthians 1:10 is an awesome verse stating that we have already been delivered from something that has yet to happen! God also delivers us in the present-tense here and now (Galatians 1:4).

We may also have complete trust in our God to deliver us from any and all impending troubles. Believers can become the recipients of all the blessings of God, and they truly will become ever more tangible for us the more we cast our cares upon God.

In I Peter 3:15 the Word says: “sanctify the Lord God in your hearts” and the word “sanctify” means to set aside, to make room. The more room we set aside in our hearts for God, the closer will be our relationship in the care of our faithful Creator.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permission.

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.