While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”! Over the next 14 days I will continue sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself. Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.
Here is day eighteen with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God into His glorious light.
Called To Live In Hope
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to one hope when you were called.“
Ephesians 4:3-4 (NIV)
What does hope mean to you? How do you usually use the word? Do you think that is what God means when He calls you to live in hope? Explain. When is hope most needed? Have you ever been discouraged — perhaps even now? How does hope help you to see that your current circumstances are not permanent? Has anyone ever tried to encourage you with a hope that you knew was iffy at best? Did it help? Why? How does living with one hope differ from what the world offers when it comes to hope?
In a world filled with self-help books and podcasts covering just about any situation imaginable, true hope seems to be a rather elusive thing for many who desperately need it. In our efforts to make sense of a messed-up world, there is only one source that offers real hope in the midst of troubling times. When God calls us to live in hope, it is in the context of being united with Him in a way that ought to unite us with one another. The one hope that can carry us through anything is the assured hope that is available through Jesus Christ. When we live in this hope, we live with something the world both wants and needs.
As you pray about being called to live in hope, ask God to help you to see the various things you have tried to put your hope in. Pray that you would set aside the world’s view of hope so that you could live in the one hope that God calls you to. Pray for the courage to share true hope with others even when they think they can find a better hope elsewhere. Pray that your hope in Jesus would help you live in greater unity with others.