As I mentioned before, I come from a long line of professional worriers; and with the world as it is -moral decay, economic decline, rumors of food shortages, school shootings, international unrest, and a giant lack of leadership, it doesn’t take any of us very long to find something to worry about!
But my eyes landed on 2nd Corinthians 3:12 this morning, “Therefore, since we have such hope…”
Why? Why did Paul say we have “such hope”?
In the verses before, Paul has just described the New Covenant (2 Cor 3:4-11)
Because of Jesus, and the New Covenant, everything has changed, both in this life, and eternally.
But even though we “know this”, we have to fight to remember this, and walk in the truth of this “such hope” that we always have as Christians.
Because this temporary world has a way of consuming us. And worrying us.
Christians, just like everyone else, and not just the professional worriers among us, can often get discouraged.
We sometimes forget the eternal “such hope” we have.
We sometimes forget to look up from our circumstances to our Savior and remember we are never, ever, without hope!
And that’s one more reason we need to soak in truth from God’s Word every day.
We need to slow down and savor it. We need to get that truth in us. Again and again.
And as we do, we find ourselves daily strengthened. We find our hearts encouraged, and we find this “such hope” flowing out from us into the lives of others.
Paul says, this hope caused him to speak with great boldness. (v 12).
What Paul remembered to be true impacted his thoughts and actions. He was encouraged to say we have “great hope”!
And I don’t know about you, but I need to remember this hope every day. I need to pick it up again and again.
And not just for me…I pick it up for those I love.
My kids need me to remember hope and walk in it. My husband needs me to. Those people down the street and the ones I meet next year need me to as well.
This “such hope” was meant to flow in and through us and come out our mouthes!
This is how we encourage one another, and all the more, as we see the Day approaching. (Heb 10:25).
Of friend, in this moment, our eyes may see the trouble around us. Jesus told us we would all face it, but as we read the Word, as we remember what He has told us, we can have peace.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
He gave us the Word, so we could have great hope and peace.
What a Savior!
Photo credit -Deron Jaggers. What a Savior and what a sunset. ❤️