Louw and Nida describes hope, elpis in Greek, as “to look forward with confidence to that which is good and beneficial.”
“Hope carries a connotation of being aware of spiritual truth.”*
Lamentations 3:20-24 says:
20 I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
21 Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
We hope when we believe that there is more than what we can see in front of us, more than we are experiencing right now. This isn’t all there is. Let me repeat, this isn’t all there is.
Deep at the heart of the Christmas story, is a story of hope. The story of hope by the salvation that comes through a fragile baby, who came to show us how to live and to bring us near to God.
So, I feel drawn… pulled… tugged into hope this season. Into believing that God still longs to work miracles among us today… still intervenes in the lives of humans …still brings salvation and light to those who sit in bondage and darkness. God still lets us know this isn’t all there is. God is working a new thing in our midst.
May this season for you, be an invitation to hope.
- Pastor Tara VinCross
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