Yesterday the Pastor ended the service with two questions for us:
Where’s your hope?
Do friends and family know where your hope is?
I know the answer, “my hope is in Jesus,” and I know the phrase is throughout the Bible, but honestly, I struggle with it.
To me, “hope” means something we’re uncertain of. I “hope” it won’t rain today. I “hope” my friend will heal. Why isn’t it, “my faith is in Jesus?” I don’t know. I’m just asking.
I do know that all of Scripture is God-breathed and that every word has a purpose, so I don’t mean to question it in that respect. When I strayed from God, I didn’t feel any hope, in any situation. So maybe that’s the answer. Maybe having faith gives us the hope we need to persevere throughout this life and guide us into the next.
Bible Verse of the Day
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
Romans 8:24-25 ESV
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c. We eagerly wait for it with perseverance: The fulfillment of our redemption is something still distant, yet we hope for it in faith and perseverance, trusting that God is faithful to His word and the promised glory will be a reality.
i. Morris on perseverance: “It is the attitude of the soldier who in the thick of battle is not dismayed but fights on stoutly whatever the difficulties.”
Father God, we are so grateful for the sacrifice of Your only Son, Jesus Christ, for His sacrifice on the cross. We are in awe of this great free gift You offer to us sinners that we may have hope in the life to come. We are thankful that You have given us this hope to help us through this life, so we can keep our eyes on the prize to the next life. Father, we pray for those who do not yet have this hope. Many of us remember a time when we ourselves didn’t have it and what it felt like. We pray that You will use us to share that hope with everyone we meet.
Father, we continue to pray for the people of Ukraine. Words can’t express how much it hurts us to not be able to do anything physically to help. We can donate and pray, though. You hear our prayers and so we continue to petition You on their behalf.
Lord, please also consider the people of Morocco. May You use this time of spiritual awareness to saturate the nation with Your Holy presence. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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