Rejoicing In The Hope

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Daily God Walk For Sunday, February 10, 2013

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. – Romans 12:11-13

I have seen a phenomenal occurrence here in America in the last decade. It is that people are losing hope. Confidence in government is as low, or lower, than it has ever been. People have lost confidence in the economy. Even in religion there have been major failures that have left people wondering about their faith.
What is the cause of this disillusionment? People are seeing the inconsistencies of human institutions and the inconsistencies of their leaders. Those whose hope is in an institution run by mankind are going to find their hope is ill placed.
There is a striking contrast between the hope offered by the world and the hope that is in Christ. Man changes laws and rules at will, but Jesus said, “My words will last forever.” Man will give up on difficult people but Jesus said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Man promises prosperity but only gives debt and bondage, but God’s word says, “My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
When our hope is placed in Christ then whatever comes we know he will see us through. It is that hope which gives us a calm assurance that we are going to make it. The word used for “joyful” in the Greek is “chairo.” It means to be full of cheer, calmly happy or well off. This joyful, calm assurance, gives us the strength we need to make it through any circumstance. Rejoice in this hope.

Prayer: Lord, I am grateful for this joyful, calm assurance you have given me. Help me to keep my heart clean and my spirit fervent for you. In Jesus name, amen.

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