August 21, 2010

Hope

Posted in Hope tagged , , at 5:50 pm by Katie

I was sitting here, catching up on email and online stuff that seems to go by the wayside during the week, and I came to the UpWords with Max Lucado devotion from yesterday (you can visit his website to get various email devotions throughout the week – UpWords comes every Friday).  It was about hope, specifically discussing Luke 24:13-24.  You can read the full devotion here (which I highly recommend – it explains it much more eloquently than I can).  But basically, two disciples are walking along the road to Emmaus, discouraged at the fact that Jesus has been crucified and would not, in their eyes, be redeeming Israel.  Jesus, disguised as a stranger to the disciples, inquired of their discussion.  Jesus stands and listens to them describe the painful last few days of his own life.  In verse 21, the key phrase of this devotion appears:

“…but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.” (NIV)

Max Lucado emphasizes this, and how true it is – how often do we say those words?  How often do we get discouraged because we thought, we hoped something would happen, and then it doesn’t.  The most powerful part of this devotion for me came at the end, with these few lines:

“Our problem is not so much that God doesn’t give us what we hope for as it is that we don’t know the right thing for which to hope.  Hope is not what you expect; it is what you would never dream.  It is a wild, improbable tale with a pinch-me-I’m-dreaming ending. . . . Hope is not a granted wish or a favor performed; no, it is far greater than that.  It is a zany, unpredictable dependence on a God who loves to surprise us out of our socks and be there in the flesh to see our reaction.”

I know this rings so true for me.  It’s so easy for me to get discouraged when things don’t work out as I had planned or wanted.  It takes that second to stop and remember that it’s not about me.  It’s about God and his perfect plan for my life, one that is so amazing that I could never even come up with it on my own.

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