Strong and Confident Expectation

January 19, 2012

Today’s Reflection

THE BIBLICAL MEANING of hope is a “strong and confident expectation” — quite a bit different than our modern-day use of hope to mean “wish for.” Christians do more than “wish for” God’s blessings. We learn to live in confident expectation of God’s love at work in us. This definition of hope also implies action. Hope is making a concerted effort to rely on God’s word, grace, and presence in our lives. And active hope gives us strength.

-Devin Trottier
devozine, November/December 2010

From “Hope in the Lord” by Devin Trottier, page 53 in devozine, November/December 2010, the devotional lifestyle magazine for teens. Copyright & copy; 2009 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Taking into account the definition above, what do you hope for? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture Reading

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
Mark 1:14-15, NRSV

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robert moeller January 19, 2012 at 2:27 am

My expectation is that all people will come to know and accept Christ as their Lord, Savior, and Redeemer.

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robert moeller January 19, 2012 at 2:31 am

When enemies know Christ they are no longer enemies. May all people come to know, accept, and love Jesus in the same way that God loves us.

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Tim Bard January 19, 2012 at 7:48 am

That someone will cross my path that I can use my spiritual gifts to help, lift-up and encourage. That living my life as a Christian will encourage others to make the same choice. Faults forgiven, talents a gift, a blessing.

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Randy Temple January 19, 2012 at 8:34 am

My hope is to become more Christ like. So people will see the Saviour in me and be drawn to Him.

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Michael Ulmen January 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I have one problem area that I really feel that I will never be able to fully extinguish. I can hold it at bay for a while, but it always gets the best of me eventually. God’s grace is always sufficent for me I am told; and it seems to work for a time, but this freedom fron the addiction has never been, and proably never will be sustainable over the remainder of my life.

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