“Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions. But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him — if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard.” Colossians 1:21-23a
Greetings fellow sojourners! Do you know Jesus to be your only hope? Yes, we casually speak of putting our hope in less significant things such as hoping for a phone call or hoping for a sunny day but any kind of significant hope we hold that is placed in anything other than Jesus is misplaced hope.
We have known the Lord as both helper and deliverer. When we place our hope in Him we are expecting to see the Lord’s magnificent power surface yet again in our hour of great need. Our hope is rooted in Him because we know His character is THE reason we have hope. There is a great chasm that exists between optimism that instructs us that our circumstances will surely improve with the passage of time and possessing hope that convinces us that the character of God alone gives us reason to place our hope in His covenant faithfulness.
It is interesting to see the Hebrew word translated ‘hope’ is at times translated ‘wait’. As we know, if we are hoping for something it is because God’s promised outcome has not yet arrived and there apparently will be some passage of time before it does arrive. Here is the key. While we place our hope in the Lord during our waiting, it is Him we are waiting on and not the actual outcome itself. Hope in an outcome becomes misplaced hope. Always during the waiting, we wait on the Lord, look for Him, and place our hope only in Him. Indeed, we may be relieved when we observe the outcome with our eyes of flesh but our hope never shifts from the Lord.
Highly regarded ones, Jesus is our hope when we are burdened. He is our hope in our weaknesses. He is our hope when our senses attempt to reveal there is no hope. He is our hope in our strained relationships. He is our hope in our conflicts. He is our hope for new opportunities. He is our hope in all seasons! We have courage in Him to do anything we are called to do because He IS our hope.
Rise up friends and rejoice in hope (Romans 12:12a)! Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you are the God of Hope and you fill us with all joy and peace as we believe in You! Fill us to overflowing with Your hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (based on Romans 15:13)
“Make mute the stones this day, Church! Shout hosannas and wave palm branches. Let there be no doubt to all who hear, we have a King. One crucified for our sins, raised from the dead, triumphant over hell and grave, seated at God’s own right hand. And He will again come riding in.” Beth Moore
Friends I love, love, love this comment. NOW is the time to lay aside our petty disagreements, our disappointments, our frustrations, our fears, our strivings, our surging emotions, and our misplaced hopes and instead open our mouths and raise our hands in praise and rejoicing!
In His grace,