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Advent: Hope Day 2

11/27/2018

Misplaced Hope

Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:17; Romans 8:24-25

What drives you? When you wake up in the morning what keeps you from rolling over and ignoring the tasks of the day? Maybe it’s your family, your job, the gorgeous weather, or the smell and sound of sizzling bacon. Whatever it may be, you have an expectation beyond the bed that motivates your actions. You have hope.

The unfortunate aspect of such hopes is they are wavering and temporary; therefore, easily lost. Paul writes to Timothy, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”

Paul again says in Romans, “…but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” Applying hope to wealth and other earthly securities only feed lust and gluttony trying to fill the emptiness only fulfilled in the love and promise of Jesus, our Savior.

The Jews battled the same issue spanning generations. We see it in the Israelites as they begged God for a king like the other nations only to be thrown into captivity following disobedience and frailty of man. (1 Sam 8, 1 Kings 18 & 25) Again, after the much prophesied Christ comes, they repeatedly call him the son of David as if simply the heir to an earthly throne.* King Herod heard of Jesus’ birth and at once was fearful of being displaced. (Matt 2:1-16) At one point, Jesus fled a crowd to avoid being forcibly placed as king. (John 6:14-15)

The Jews believed their hope of freedom to be in the government; however, Jesus was sent to free us not only from the turmoil of earthly captivity but the shackles of sin which entangles us. He came so that we may have and enjoy life. (John 10:10) He came so the hope of eternal life would drive us to see beyond the fall and live above the temptations and trials of the world.

“For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” (Romans 8:20-21)

*Matt. 21:9, Matt. 22:41-46

 

Take a Moment

  • Where does your hope lie? Do you tend to place your hope somewhere else besides Jesus?
  • Ask Jesus to renew your hope in Him as provider and redeemer. Be assured He hears you and look for His blessings in the mundane.

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