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Hope…Don’t Misplace it

We’ve heard a lot about “hope” recently…and been let down.  It reminded me of a Word of the day I shared with the men of eNgage a couple of years ago.  I pressed this to encourage you, reader, to put your hope in the right place-where you won’t be let down, but where you will be blown away as you realize your hopes were so much smaller than what your Creator planned, and did, for you.  This is but a piece of the “Good News” of Christianity-if you want a fuller picture, let me know.  For now, enjoy this encouragement to put your hope in Jesus.

I want to share with you a devo is out of Isaiah 42:1-4 (also referenced in Matt 12:21), you can feel free to turn there or read the TNIV below:

The Servant of the LORD

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight;

I will put my spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations.

He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.

A bruised reed he will not break and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.

In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;

he will not falter or be discouraged until he establishes justice on the earth.

In his name the nations will put their hope.”

I don’t know how many of you are wanting to be involved in politics or public service, but Lord willing I will run for an elected office or two in the future.  A recent speaker who spoke at Chapel for the undergrad pointed out that both McCain and Obama in their respective election night speeches exalted America as the “hope of the world”…so far I think God is humbling our pride by making us eat those words and see just what a “hope” our nation is apart from Him.  We do not send the rain so that the California Central Valley can send food to the world or so ranchers in Texas can raise cattle for meat that will nourish others—God does.  That train of thought led me to the above verse.

The verse is of course a prophecy about Jesus and there are a few things that I wanted to point out (in addition to what the Holy Spirit points out to you):

“He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.”

-The message and truth of Christ is what it is; it does not require eloquence or complexity or a feature length film with special effects and graphics to affect mankind.  It is powerful.  It is always relevant.  We as men are imperfect and irreconcilable to our Creator and doomed to spend eternity apart from him, BUT God sent his son Jesus to “redeem” us-sacrificing his perfect life to be tortured and crucified so that our sin would be atoned for and we can not only now spend an eternity with our Creator, but we can live our lives on earth with victory and freedom from the sin that once held us in bondage.  Those who surround us are hungry for this message.  We need only share it with them-simply and consistently.

“A bruised reed he will not break and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out”

-No matter what has happened to us or the severity of the sin we have committed or if we have turned from God, Jesus is always freely offering to redeem us-we need only ask.  He will not give us any reason to turn from him-for he will always be treating us in love.  He will always graciously give us the choice to accept him or not

Hope streetsign on same pole as a one way sign

“In His name the nations will put their hope”

-The name of Jesus is powerful because of what it means to us and to humankind.  Jesus is our savior, our redeemer, our constant help in times of trouble, our lover, our protector, and he will never fail.  We may not be able to put our hope in our nation or in Wall Street, but we know that we can always put our hope in Jesus Christ.  No matter what you are concerned about, give it to Godand trust in him.  He can be trusted.  He is our hope.

God bless gentlemen

Jonathan

Sola scriptura, Sola fide, Sola gratia, Solo Christo, Soli Deo gloria

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