12
Oct
09

hope

hope-1Julie and I had a friend years ago who was always completely in the dark when it came to current events. I would tease her on a regular basis because she had no idea what was going on in the news. One Sunday she came in for worship and announced, “You’ll be so proud of me! I subscribed to the Miami Herald this week.” We joked with her about finally being in the know and then we went on with our day.

The next Sunday she came in and informed me that she had cancelled her subscription because she couldn’t take it anymore. All the bad news was overwhelming her.

I know how she felt. We live in a state that has the highest unemployment rate in the country. We live only a few miles from the city with the highest murder rate in the nation, not to mention the graft that is being uncovered, on what seems like a daily basis, in city government. If you are not from here you can only imagine what our evening news broadcast sounds like.

It would be very easy to check out or, worse yet, become so pessimistic that no one ever wants to be around us. So what’s a Christ follower to do?

I believe we are to be purveyors of hope. The word purveyor means “one who provides or supplies”.

1 Peter 3:15 implies that each of us should be living our life in such a way that people should be asking us about the “hope that is in” us. When was the last time that happened to you? When was the last time somebody asked you why you were so hopeful and enthusiastic about life? Do you have hope? Where does hope come from? Paul says “that God… gives you hope.” The verse goes on to say that God “will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him” and that you can “overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). I want to stay full of the Holy Spirit so that I might “overflow with hope”!

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