Advent Day 2: Hope in the Waiting
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
When the writers of the New Testament use the word we translate “hope,” they aren’t referring to optimism or wishful thinking. They didn’t use the word the way we do when we say things like, “I hope the weather is nice on Saturday,” or, “I hope they show up on time.”
Instead, the word meant something more along the lines of eager anticipation of a promised reality. So when the author of Hebrews says, “Now faith in the assurance of things hoped for,” it means that faith is our assurance in God’s promises.
Take a few moments to look at the image, and spend some time thinking about hope. Let the word bounce around in your head for a few minutes, and consider the promises of God. Consider the promise of His presence and the promise that He will one day return to make all things new. Spend time in prayer thanking God for the hope that we can have because of His promises.
Ask: How can the hope we have in Christ influence the way you live today?
Listen: “Here Comes Heaven” by Elevation Worship
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