Friday, August 26, 2022
Let’s play pretend. You are a doctor today. I need a diagnosis. I have a fever. It’s been a low-grade fever for about a week now, but today it has risen to a peak. I have a few other symptoms that go with the fever. I’m sneezing. I’m anxious and jittery. I’m distracted and find it difficult to concentrate. My muscles ache a little. I wonder what I have? Do you have it figured out yet?
Before you get too worried about me, I’m talking about Hunting Fever. It’s an annual event for me, but this year I’ve discovered something very significant about this malady – it’s caused by hope. That’s right – HOPE. You see, the memories of everything that I’ve done in the past when the weather starts to cool form a list of all the things I expect to do again. The list gets rather long, and the reason I get anxious and jittery is because there’s still so much to be done now before I can go hunting. That’s why my muscles ache, from trying to do too much all at once.
My list is so overwhelming that I can’t even decide what goes on the top of the list. Fishing season is still open. This is great golfing weather. The lawn still needs to be mowed. I have trees to cut down and cut up firewood for next year’s camping season. And there’s still time to go camping this season. So much to do and so little time.
But the truth is I will get to do all those things, unless the Lord comes back today. I hope He does. But if He doesn’t, little by little, I’ll conquer hunting fever by faithfully accomplishing everything that leads towards fulfilling the hope that caused it. One thing I’ve learned is that activity fulfills hope. Hunting fever is simply the anticipation of the activity. It’s faith and hope working together.
1 Peter 1:20-21 “He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through Him you believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him, and so your faith and hope are in God.”
Consider how much faith we demonstrate when we confess to having a fever. Consider the fisherman who spends hours reading about the latest techniques and works in his garage preparing his boat, fishing poles, and lures so that he’s ready when the season opens. Consider how much faith it takes to buy all the garden seeds early and plant them in little cups in the house in anticipation of the growing season when they can be transplanted to the outdoor garden. True hope always results in the activity of faith.
Rubem Alves said it this way in Leadership Magazine – “ Hope is hearing the melody of the future. Faith is to dance to it.” That’s really cool! He’s really right. Our hope is in the resurrection power of Jesus Christ and the glory that will be revealed in us when He returns. Our faith is the activity of our lives today as we prepare for His return.
The hope of heaven brings a fever of faith. They are inseparable. One cannot claim to have true hope in Christ without backing it up with the activity of faith for Christ. The measure of true hope is found in the activity level of faith. Every day, our faith should be dancing to the music of heaven with good works that glorify God. So start dancing.