Scripture of the Week:
Ephesians 4:4 (EXB)
“There is one body and one Spirit, and God called you to have one hope [one hope of your calling].”
Hope Discovery of the Week:
We think hope is really about what we desire, but it is simply about trust.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes my mind is so full of so many thoughts. Prioritizing can be challenging with all of the competing possibilities and sometimes I just wish there was one thing. Just one to focus on. But in all honesty, the heart of man would deviate from such a plan, anyway. We tend to try and make things better all the time and having one certain unchanging thing would hamper our creative sides.
But God doesn’t want confusion for His people. He wanted to draw us to Himself in relationship enough to pay the price one time for all. And then there is simply one thing He asks: believe. With one hope that God gave us, one would think it would be easy to remember. But there are so many distractions. So many false hopes that camouflage so well. Some are even good hopes, after all.
We get confused because we think hope is really about what we desire, but it is simply about trust. Trusting that God is good. Trusting in His character and His purposes. Trusting that His promises will come to fruition. The one hope we are called to is to be in Christ. Called from the darkness into His marvelous light. That’s it. The rest of life is played out of this hope, found and met in Him.
Have you met Jesus? We can tend to wait for everything to be perfect as far as our hopes are concerned, before we trust in the One. But that is not trust, at all. But when we come and lay our hopes at His feet, we find a better hope to pick up – one hope in Jesus Christ, lasting for all time.
Psalm 33:20-22 (NLT)
20 We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. 21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. 22 Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.”