I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

What is your motivation when things fall apart, when lies are close at hand, when the enemy is constantly attacking, or when it feels like your life is crumbling? What is the one thing that gives you the hope to endure when it feels impossible?

For David, he kept the hope of eternity on the horizon. It was the only thing that kept him from utter despair on numerous occasions. This included times when his enemies literally wanted him dead, when he wrestled with the shame of sin, and when he doubted if God would come through. At times, David’s only sustaining hope was to know that, even in death, he would finally see in full the goodness of the Lord.

In reality, nothing in this life is safe and secure. People, nations, and economies are too uncertain to build our hopes on, even though we often try. If we don’t have a right view of the life to come, then we will flounder in despair. Only when we take refuge in the person of Jesus and the goodness of God will we know eternal safety and security. The hope of eternal security—the fact that we will finally look Jesus in the face—reorients the way we approach every day on this side of heaven. What we believe about God’s goodness in the life to come informs how we trust Him here and now. David didn’t negate God’s goodness in this life, but he clung to the assurance that, despite the sorrow of this world, he would stand face to face with goodness in the future.

● How does your hope for eternity inform your life today? If it doesn't, how might God want to reorient your perspective?

● What in your life makes you long for eternity? What in our world drives you to look forward to the land of the living?

● Pray for the hope of heaven to permeate your day-to-day life. Ask the Lord to remind you of His goodness that you will one day experience in full. Ask Him to give you even small glimpses of this here and now.