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Hope Of The World

Posted: Friday, December 11

Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts & Executive Pastor

Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts & Executive Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Amos 4:1-6:14
Revelation 2:18-3:6
Psalm 130:1-8
Proverbs 29:21-22

 

Verse of the day:

O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows. He himself will redeem Israel from every kind of sin. (Psalm 130:7-8)


New Years is a few weeks away and already we’re making a list, (at least mentally), of things we want to change. We hope we exercise more to lose weight. We hope to be better with our money so we can buy a new car. We hope to become more disciplined so that we can have more time to spend with the family. What is your great “hope” for this New Year?

 

 

Be careful, because the things we place our hope in can keep us in an endless cycle of disappointment. What we end up doing is creating little momentary escapes to rescue us from whatever we think is wrong in our lives. This can happen when our hope isn’t first and foremost in the Lord

 

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If we hate being overweight, the next diet is crafted into our momentary escape. It becomes the mechanism through which we hope to be rescued from our current state—and that current state could reflect any number of struggles in our lives. Take it a step further, and consider the dollar. How many of us place our hope in little green pieces of paper and silver coins, or other forms of security, (that will some day pass away), offered to us by a secular society that is destined to fail?

 

 

When we place our hope in these little escapes from reality, we create for ourselves a life full of disappointment and idolatry and New Year resolutions that we have little hope in fulfilling. We submit ourselves to an endless cycle of regret, an existence that constantly cries, “If only!”

 

 

When our hope is placed in anything less than the perfect God of the universe, we will live in the darkness of dissatisfaction. So follow Jesus into the light of “eternal hope”—it’s there that we have/find legitimate hope surrounded by His unfailing love and redemption!

 

 

He is the HOPE of the world!