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Biblical Hope

MEDITATION:

Written by Christopher D. Hudson, a contemporary writer and teacher. This is an excerpt from his book “Following Jesus.”

Most people use the word hope as a synonym for wish. They say things like, “I know we’re down by forty-five points, but I sure hope our team can pull off a win!” or “I hope one day someone actually finds Sasquatch out in the Pacific Northwest.”  This is a far cry from the hope the prophets and apostles wrote about. Biblical hope isn’t crossing your fingers and engaging in wistful daydreaming about outcomes that are highly unlikely. Biblical hope is confident expectation. Hope involves waiting. In fact, the Old Testament word for hope is also often translated as wait. And this waiting involves the settled assurance that the thing being waited for is just around the bend. What’s the real hope for Christians? That Christ our Lord is coming back to make the world right. Things may seem hopeless. They’re not. Our God is “the God of hope.”

PRAYER:

A prayer of Paul the Apostle from Ephesians 1:17-19.

May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious father, give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Amen.

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