Hope with an exclamation point! - February 1, 2023
Wednesday, February 1st
Devotional written by Pastor Troy Thornton, Developoment Pastor
HOPE WITH AN EXCLAMATION POINT!
The word “hope” in our vernacular indicates anticipation of something good. It also intimates an uncertainty, a question mark of sorts. The word “hope” can also be used when thinking of trivial things, such as: “I hope my Amazon package arrives today.” It can be used in terms of very serious things, such as “I hope she can beat that diagnosis.” In terms of Romans 8, the word “hope” is a certainty; there is no question mark. The hope for the believer is a promise from God Himself, and it is a done deal!
This hope for believers pertains to both the temporal and the most serious, simultaneously, from our temporary life on earth to our eternal destination. Verse 24 talks about the fact that we have this hope already on both fronts. Only the hope God promises can liberate us from the bondage of our sins in this life on earth and free for all eternity. We can experience a taste of that hope now. The life that we have in His grace is truly amazing! Yet, our eventuality of eternity will be the culmination of it – hope with an exclamation point!
FOR TODAY: Spend time thanking God in prayer for the hope you have.