Hope that Can’t Disappoint

Hope does not disappoint us. It doesn’t disappoint, according to the very Word of God in Romans 5:5, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. How can we be disappointed by God’s love? It’s the most powerful thing in the world. Verse two says we’re to hope in the glory of God. God’s glory is revealed in the redemption of everything. Christ’s death on the cross and then rising again, the restoration of all creation. These are acts that reveal the glory of God. We cannot be disappointed in the hope offered us through Christ. God’s full redemption plan will come to completion. It’s a hope that cannot disappoint.

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Thank God for the “Going Through”

Psalm 136 begins, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Then it recounts the Lord’s good works. He led them through the wilderness. He made them to pass through the Red Sea. We need to give thanks for the going through. It’s part of His lovingkindness towards us.

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This Is My Body

What if when Jesus said, “This is My body,” he wasn’t referring to the bread, but the people. The disciples were to become the Church, The Body of Christ. Communion isn’t something that can be done alone. It’s in the definition of the word. Communion is done in community. They were being rebuked for not thinking of others, for not putting others first when they came together, saying even that they were being judged by God because of it. The point was loving each other. What if the point of communion is recognizing that we have been reconciled to God, making us One.

That We Should Walk in Them

Get up. God’s prepared a work for you to do. He prepared good works for you in advance so that you would walk in them, so that you would do them. But you have to get up first. Feeling like you should invite that family over for dinner or feeling like you should offer to babysit or feeling like you should take your family to local food bank to help out doesn’t accomplish anything unless you get up and make it happen.

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Other Focused

God is the most other-focused being in existence. A non-believer might see Him like Mao, a megalomaniac putting up posters of Himself, wanting everyone to worship and obey Him, or like Darius wanting everyone to pray to Him, to worship Him. Those men had their eyes on themselves. God has His eyes on us. He not only sees each of us; He sees all creation. He knows the number of hairs on our heads, the thoughts hidden in our hearts, and when a sparrow falls to the ground. Above all that, Jesus is praying for us. He is Life itself, and He gives Life itself to us. I feel puny in my attempts to express any gratitude or praise to Him. He is worthy of more than all of us could ever offer in return.

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I am the Lord

“The One forming light and creating darkness, causing well-being and creating calamity; I am the Lord who does all these.” Isaiah 45:7

He is Lord over all, controlling the good and the bad. There’s absolutely nothing out of his control, so we might as well surrender our lives to Him, instead of living with fear of darkness or calamity. Besides, this is the same Lord who says to His people, ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!” Isaiah 43:1

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Getting Our Needs Met

For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:32-33

I feel like I have a long list of needs. I keep bringing them up with God. I have even felt desperate that I have them met. But God is not a God of desperation. He gives us the ticket to getting our needs met. We stop seeking them. We stop making them important. We make the things of God most important. We seek Him. We seek His ways and bringing about His kingdom. We seek His life being made whole in us. And the rest just falls into place. It doesn’t need us. The NIV says, “For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” Don’t run after the things of the world. Run toward Him who can give you more than you could even think to ask for.

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