Colossians 1:5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel
Sometimes it is rather easy to get caught up in the fallen world’s troubles. Finances, relationships, politics, etc can be a temptation to make one believe that this is all there is. It is the devil’s joy when we give up hope on heaven.
Heaven isn’t a temporary place, it is eternal. There is no disease, there are no deadly storms, there is no 401K which is failing, no car accidents, no hospitals, there is no murder, rape, theft, adultery, lying, cheating, slandering, maligning, depression, anxiety, nor is there anger. Heaven is a total peace and joy one will never experience here on earth.
There are times I believe God gives us a mere glimpse of heaven, when we realize a total peace and rest for a small time, by which many have said “this is heaven on earth”. But we really won’t know the enormity of that peace and rest until we reach heaven, and those days where we said this will not even come close.
If you do believe in God and His promises, He said He will “wipe every tear away”, meaning you will never feel sad about anything again nor will you regret. How He does this? Well that is His counsel, not ours. But be prepared to be completely blown away! This is the hope for heaven, every Christian has, as we will see our Savior Jesus Christ face to face. And how JOYFUL that day will be! To see the One who died for us in person! It will be overwhelming!
If you do not have a hope for heaven, you are lost and blind. You are stuck in this fallen place and hell is your end. And like heaven, hell on earth will not even come close to the actual hell. All those things I mentioned, storms and sins will never cease and will be amplified to a never ending agony. There is no hope, no joy, no peace, and certainly NO rest as you are tormented day and night.
God doesn’t given second chances, once we perish it is either heaven or hell. And since we all have SINNED against Him, there is just one destination we are born with, that is hell. But because He is merciful, He provided a Savior Jesus Christ who can save you from His wrath. By placing your faith alone in Him for the forgiveness of your sins, the only hope you are granted with is eternal life with Him! An awesome HOPE!