The Blessing of Hope
Read the Reflection Scripture out loud or write it in your journal. Consider doing it more than once.
Blessed is the one you chose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple! By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas…
Psalm 65:4-5 ESV
The Psalmist proclaimed the satisfaction we experience when we place all our hope in God. His goodness. His righteousness. His salvation.
Ann Voskamp writes:
Our fall was, has always been, and always will be, that we aren’t satisfied in God, and what He gives. We hunger for something more, something other.
But in the beginning our eyes were already open. Our sight was perfect. Our vision let us see a world spilling with goodness. Our eyes fell on nothing but the glory of God. We saw God as He truly is: good. But we were lured by the deception that there was more to a full life, there was more to see. — One Thousand Gifts
Is it possible our hopeless places exist because we have become unsatisfied? Do you find yourself hungry for more…? wanting something other than what God has given you?
What place are you most unsatisfied? Why?
Where do you find the most fulfilling satisfaction? What’s the difference?
In the beginning Adam was lured by the thought of more. Where do you find yourself longing for more?
One blessing of hope is finding satisfaction in our lives just as they are right now, this very moment. What would happen if you let go of the more and recognized the fullness of life you are living in this moment?
Would it be a blessing to consider yourself living a full life? Would it change the way you hope?
Read Colossians 1:1-14
Why does Paul give thanks for the Believers at Colossae? What reason does Paul give for the expression of their faith for which he is thankful?
The hope of the gospel stored in heaven is the anchor for our faith in Jesus and the wellspring of our love for others.
What are the blessings of this hope found in the passage? What do Paul and his companions pray for the Believers at Colossae?
To what have we been delivered? How is this a blessing of hope? Consider adding to your psalm of praise the blessing of hope found in your deliverance.