Prayer: O God, let your Word fill us with hope and joy, in Christ. Amen.
There is hope
18 so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God would prove false, we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged to seize the hope set before us.
Our devotion writer tells us about Tony, a first grader who had a self-image problem and was frustrated with learning. With help reading and finding books he liked, he changed and learned to love reading. One on one instruction made things click. He became hopeful and developed a vision of success.
God gave Abraham a vision filled with hope too. God promised Abraham blessings and many children and descendants. It was a covenant which gave Abraham and his family hope. We can see that God’s promises are kept through His Word and through history. God promised hope and Jesus brought it to our world. Jesus fulfilled God’s greatest promise ant that was to prove His love for all of us.
Our devotion writer teaches us; “Jesus brings hope amid the chaos and confusion in our world today. Tony found security and hope for his future in school. How much more to God’s people find security and hope through faith in Jesus.”
Prayer: “Holy One, we give thanks that our hope in you sure and steadfast, through Christ our Savior. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Certainty of God’s Promise
13 When God made a promise to Abraham, because he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and multiply you.” 15 And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. 16 Human beings, of course, swear by someone greater than themselves, and an oath given as confirmation puts an end to all dispute. 17 In the same way, when God desired to show even more clearly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it by an oath, 18 so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God would prove false, we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged to seize the hope set before us. 19 We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf, has entered, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.