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The longer we go without seeing our hopes realized, the more likely we are to become discouraged; for “hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Proverbs 13:12). Many people are pressing on, but they’re pressing on toward the wrong things. 

We often measure the success of our lives based on worldly hopes, instead of focusing on the hope that God has for us in His calling. Without truly knowing Him, we’ll spend a lifetime chasing things driven by jealously and envy, which will only leave us hopeless and unfulfilled.  Paul writes that the eyes of our hearts need to be enlightened, that we may know the hope to which God has called us (Ephesians 1:18). God is light, and therefore, only through a close and intimate relationship with Jesus can the ‘eyes of our hearts’ see clearly. This enables us to be partakers of His divine nature and not just observers. 

God is calling us toward a life in Him, but it does not mean that this life will be without struggles. So, knowing the hope to which He has called us enables us to press on even in the midst of trials and tribulations. God places this hope in our hearts: to know Him and to be known by Him. This is the hope that fulfills. Indeed, we count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus (Philippians 3:8). 

This blog comes from the sermon titled “Press On” by David Grobler