Wednesday, September 21, 2016


By Jon D. Bekemeyer

Scripture Reading: I Timothy 1: 1

According to Webster, the word hope describes a "feeling  that what is wanted will happen." People can endure many  difficult circumstances in life if they believe things will  im prove, if they have hope.

In the Bible, the word hope certainly embodies the idea  of anticipating better things, but it goes even further than that.  In common usage the word hope has an element of doubt but  not so in God's Word. It is, as Vine puts it, "favorable and  confident expectation." As believers, we are absolutely sure of  wonderful things in the future. How can we be so sure? Our  text has the answer- the Lord Jesus Christ is our hope! He  Himself guarantees good things to come.

Too often we have the problem of wanting it all NOW.  But remember this- what Paul wrote in I Corinthians 4:8 was  a firm rebuke: "Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have  reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign,  that we also might reign with you." The rebuke came because  this is not the time to reign; this is the time to suffer (Romans  8:18 et. al.). Indeed we are told in II Timothy 2:12 that if we  are to reign with Him, we mustfirst suffer with Him.

Does this mean that we have an excuse to be negative,  downcast and forlorn? NO! A thousand times, NO! In the  midst of the pain and difficulties oflife, we find the sufficiency  of God's grace and the comfort of His love. Our lives are  marked by optimism and satisfaction as we now rejoice in  hope. Truly, our hope is in the Lord.

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