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Hope or Worry?

I hope I get out of work early today. I hope people come to my party. I hope I have enough money to get my hair cut this month. I hope I make the right decision about buying a house or changing jobs, or both. Every day I hope for things small and large. My days can be easily taken up wishing for things. But on closer inspection most of my hopes seem to be worries in disguise. That’s because sometimes the future can be scary. We worry about having enough, about being alone, about never achieving something we dream of, of settling, of never settling. We hope we get it all right, be we just don’t know. And we can dwell on it until we become unproductive.

Today, instead of worrying and wishing about the future, think about the internal peace that God gives as we trust him, the love he showers on us even in our imperfection, the glory of watching a sunset or stars shoot across the sky. Meditate on God’s promise to provide for us what we need.

As you focus on these blessings, do all those hopes and worries seem less important? Certainly they are not of eternal importance, not when compared to the one hope for our future — Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 says: “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

When Jesus returns, our deepest hopes will all be realized and our deepest fears will fall away as we are gathered up into Heaven to bask in the eternal peace, love and glory of God. That is a time worth hoping for.

Today, when a hope (read “worry”) comes into your head, ask God to replace it with one of his blessings, and with the real hope of your future. Hold these verses in your heart and let them spur you on to living in confidence, loving others, and let God take care of the rest.

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