“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity,” 1 Corinthians 13:12-13.
The Greek legend about Pandora’s box talks about how Pandora was given a box, (pithos in Greek) but that she was not ever allowed to open it.
Supposedly the box contained special gifts given to her from the Greek gods. However, over time after doing her best to tame her curiosity, she gave in and opened the box, and then all of the illnesses and hardships that had been hidden within, started coming out.
Pandora tried to immediately close the box as fast as she could, but was unsuccessful in her attempts.
But in the end it was said that only hope remained as man’s chief support. However, it was closed within the box, never to escape again.
And yet in contrast to this ancient myth, we have three ever-lasting things that God has promised us: Faith, Hope, and Love, and we are told these will remain forever.
We live in a fallen world, because of the sins that have plagued mankind since this world was created.
While it is true that Christ has borne all of the sins of the world upon Himself, we still live in a fallen world that will only be resurrected at the time of the New Jerusalem and His return.
And yet even in the midst of all of these great evils and plagues that we now see being manifested around us, we can and have been given new life in the Son. We have regeneration from that fallen state that once held us in bondage.
In spite of the great evils that we see spreading all around us, we always have the promises of God given to us.
It is true that darkness is spreading its fateful wings in our midst. And this hope that was spoken of in the Greek legends has not been shut up within an ancient box; it is available to us all through God’s Son. It is a steadfast anchor that guards us and instills in us His Promises.
We must find a way to look beyond the ancient ills that have escaped the box from antiquity and set our hearts and minds upon where this hope can be found.
We can only do this by thinking and dwelling upon those things that are everlasting, for only there will we be transformed and find that eternal hope that is available to all.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?