February 18th 2016
What Do You “Hang Your Hat On” In This World?
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (John 15:19 KJV)
God never described walking with Him along the narrow pathway to be anything but ripe for persecution and hate dished out by fans of the god of this world. If you profess to be a child of God and are loved by those who are living hand in hand with the god of this world you might want to check your “spiritual pulse” to determine if indeed you have the Spirit of God living inside your heart.
God gave His genuine disciples who are consistently persecuted this verse, along with many other verses, which contain wonderful promises to “hang their hats on”:
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33 KJV)
God is imparting the hard truth that, for a time while sojourning in this world, our lives will be hampered by all kinds of trouble and harassment “dished up” by the god of this world and delivered by his dark minions for the very purpose of making us stumble in our walk with God.
However, God’s people must choose to keep their attention upon the eternal horizon rather than immediate circumstances. We must inwardly desire with our quickened hearts to glance at the world but focus intently upon God’s promises for the future.