Clinging and Sheltering Hope
He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.-Psalm 112:7, emphasis added
The coming judgments should make us humbly reach out to our God of love and mercy while there is time. If you listen carefully, the compassionate voice of Jesus is heard all through Revelation, which is a book of woe. He calls John to not be afraid, and He calls the wayward church members to repent and return to Him. It is Jesus who knocks patiently for us, awaiting our fellowship. It is Jesus who sends His witnesses in chapter 7. It is Jesus who sends warnings of doom, the two witnesses of chapter 11, the angel preaching the everlasting gospel in chapter 16, and so on. Jesus is crying out: "While there is time, hear My voice. Do not harden your hearts!" Jesus does not want anyone to perish.
Only you can choose your destination. As the Bible opens, Jesus is seeking His lost ones in the Garden of Eden saying, "Where are you?" (Genesis 3:9); the Bible ends with Jesus calling, Let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely (Revelation 22:17c). Over and over He has extended His invitation. All you need to do is come to Him. You choose your eternal destiny.
One of the most fearful things in the universe is the free will to say yes or no to God. Why? Because you will be eternally held accountable for how you willfully choose to respond to God, who waits silently before He pours out His judgment on this planet. Right now, there is still time to cling to the Lord, but don't delay. Jesus could come back today.
Clinging Hope:The third of the Hebrew words for hope is batach. The Hebrew word batach describes "clinging hope"-hope that inspires deeper trust. The most well-known verse using this special word is Proverbs 3:5: Trust [literally cling to] the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding (emphasis added).
Sheltering Hope:The fourth and final of the Hebrew words for hope is chasah. The Hebrew word chasah describes "sheltering hope"-hope that offers a secure refuge. The most well-known verse in the Bible using this special word is Ruth 2:12: "The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge" (emphasis added).
This is a beautiful word for hope. Its root meaning is "to seek shelter, refuge, or protection in something or someone." It is used frequently to portray little animals taking refuge in the cleft of a rock, as in Psalm 104:18: The high hills are for the wild goats; the cliffs are a refuge for the rock badgers.