The Inside Column 27/11

Posted in: The Inside Column- Nov 29, 2011 No Comments

A very warm welcome to all.

What are you hoping for this Christmas, the latest gadget, new clothes or new toys? We hope for all sorts of good things in our lives.

The Bible tells us that faith is being sure of what we hope for. We hope that God will bless and guide us at work, that he will help us with exams, protect our families, heal the sick, and bring peace – the list is endless. But at a deeper level, the Bible tells us to put our hope in God himself . Psalm 42:5 says: “Why are you so downcast O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Saviour and my God”

I don’t think it is wrong to want God to bless us and other people – after all we know that God cares for our needs, and we are told to present all our requests to him with thanksgiving. But ultimately putting our hope in God himself means that we trust him in everything, even if he does not do what we expect or pray for.

Hope in God is the hope that he is who he says. He is the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.

It’s the hope that ultimately we will be with our GOD in heaven. It’s the hope of glory. Pastor, Teacher and Writer John Ortberg puts it like this, “When I hope, I believe that God is at work to redeem all things regardless of how things happen to be turning out for me to day.”

Christian hope is not a private, individual hope, but the public hope of the whole creation as it awaits the renewing work of God.

I love the image in Hebrews 6 of hope as an anchor: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus who went before us, has entered on our behalf.”

As we continue to hope in God, to cling to him and trust him through trouble, we are changed. We develop perseverance and character, and become more like the one in whom we place our hope.

So as Christmas approaches may each one of us put our hope in the one true God.

Yours in Christ,

Phillip

No Responses to “The Inside Column 27/11”

Leave a Reply