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Hoping In

We hear the word “hope” thrown around all the time. Sometimes we hope for big, serious things. We hope we don’t get sick, or we hope we have enough money to pay the bills. And sometimes, we hope for less important, ordinary things. We hope our team wins the game, or we hope the store has the right pair of shoes in our size. Regardless of what it is, we all find ourselves hoping for something at almost any given moment.

The trouble with hoping for these things is we have no idea what’s in store for us. We can pour our energy into hoping we don’t receive bad news or hoping things go our way, but the truth is we don’t have any guarantees. That uncertainty causes the fear of disappointment that usually accompanies our hope. This leads us to an important question: Should we be hoping for something, or should we be hoping in someone?

Colossians 1:27 talks about how Christ in us is the “hope of glory.”  If we place our hope in Christ, we get the promise of glory and eternal life. Our hope in Christ will not disappoint us. It will only lead us into a deeper, more intimate relationship with Him. As we focus on placing our hope in Christ, we focus our eyes on the life Jesus lived and the death He died to secure our place in heaven with Him. With our focus there, we stop hoping for things to go our way, and instead we start hoping for a life closer to Jesus.

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