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God is Hope
By Pastor Ben Greenbaum 
Thursday, April 21


Scripture
Titus 1:1-2
“Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness – a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time.”  

Devotion
We usually equate “hope” with wishful thinking or our optimistic desires for some future condition.  We hear people say, “I hope my loved one gets better,” or “I hope I find a job.”  Our hopes are generally unstable, supported by nothing more than the possibility of what might be.  The hope of God is different; God imparts not a possible outcome, but a certain outcome.  The hope God imparts “…does not disappoint us.” (Romans 5:5)

And what is this hope?  This hope rests on the sure foundation of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; who has secured for us (those who believe) an eternal hope through his death and resurrection.  This is the ultimate hope, the hope that sustains us in our trials, the hope that comforts us in our grief, the hope that leads us from despair, the hope that imparts peace when we “walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” this is the indescribable hope Christ secured for all those who believe.


This is the hope that led Jonathan Edwards (18th Century American Theologian) to say from his deathbed on March 22, 1758 (Age 54), “Dear Lucy (Edward’s daughter), it seems to me to be the will of God that I must shortly leave you; therefore give my kindest love to my dear wife, and tell her, that the uncommon union, which has so long subsisted between us, has been of such a nature, as I trust is spiritual, and therefore will continue forever; and I hope she will be supported under so great a trial, and submit cheerfully to the will of God.  And as to my children, you are now likely to be left fatherless, which I hope will be an inducement to you all to seek a Father, who will never fail you."

My friends, those are words of certain hope.

Prayer
“Father, may the certain, indescribable, infinitely better hope of what is to come, sustain us in this life, and compel us to serve you with radical abandonment, sharing the gospel with a loving boldness that desires others to know the certain hope we have.  In Jesus’ name, AMEN.”

Other scripture references
Ps 25:4-5; Jer 29:11; Rom 15:13; 1 Cor 15: 51-53; Hebrews 6:17-19a; Titus 2:11-14

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