Today’s Dose of Hope: Even More on Hoping in the Word

Hi, everyone! I’ve been thinking more about why the Psalmist (David?) says…

I wait for the Lord, I expectantly wait, and in His word do I hope. – Psalm 130:5 (AMP)

And what else that means. One of the things I love to be reminded about the Word is that when we hope in it, we’re not just hoping (living with confident expectation) in the things God has said – His unbreakable promises that apply equally to each of us. We’re also hoping in Jesus himself.

The book of John opens by telling us that the Word was with God and the Word was God and that the Word came to be with us. Sometimes it’s a lot for my little human mind to wrap around, especially because it’s more poetic than everyday language. But as best as I can understand it John’s saying that in a nutshell, the Word has everything to do with Jesus and that all of the things we hope in existed before the world was even created.

In other words, when God gives us a promise, it’s not something He intends to keep. It’s something that has already been done. He’s already seen it happen. We can count on Him. Taken as one big giant saga, the Bible is God’s 66-book series about what He’s planned and worked out for us since the beginning, and it all hinges on Jesus – our Savior who has always been with God and has always been God. Who came to show us how big God’s love for us is and to sacrifice Himself so that we can be totally forgiven and righteous in God’s eyes forever even while we’re still working it out on earth. And there’s a whole lot more to that, which is why I’m so excited to learn more about The Word and what we place our hope in.

[Greg Laurie’s Essentials does a really great job of explaining all of these things that I find super awesome to learn about but super difficult to put into words.]

I’ve been reading this over and over today:

In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it…

He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’”

From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.
– John 1:1-5,10-18 (NLT)

Jesus reveals God to us. And Jesus offers a lot to hope in. So when we hope in the Word we don’t just hope in the promises God’s made and the things that will come to pass. We hope in the reality of what He’s already accomplished. We hope in the reality of a God whose love is so big that He paid the ultimate price to allow us to be forever reconciled to Him – so we would see that His plans for us are truly good. We hope in a God who took on the worst suffering so that our suffering is only for a short time. And we hope in a God who never planned it any other way.

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure… And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. – Colossians 1:4-5,10 (NLT)

Awesome, right?

Work has been crazy with a capital C this month, so I’ve been averaging less posts a week than I’d like. But I’m going to keep plugging away and hoping with you guys. Who knows? Maybe things will even slow down once the wedding invites are out (we ordered them last week!) and the wedding website is officially up (eek, exciting!). I’m also going to post our engagement photos, taken by my wonderful roommate, on Facebook soon. Sometimes I can’t believe the fiance and I will officially be married in less than 7 months. I hope you’re all having a blessed day!

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