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.
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.
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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