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to eagerly hope

By Jonah Gallagher
September 19, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE to read today’s passages.

Isaiah 30:12-33:9
Galatians 5:1-12
Psalm 63:1-11
Proverbs 23:22

Most days, outside our window in Daly City, there is a blanket of fog that descends at some point during the day. More often than not it feels like a foggy weight lies on our daily lives. We have come to call this fog “the dementors,” in reference to the soul sucking creatures from Harry Potterbecause it really does feel like all the happiness is being drained from the world. Add to that a pandemic, a couple of family health scares, unemployment, wildfires, and some personal tragedy and you have a mixing bowl of hopelessness. But Paul tells us “For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.” EAGERLY! Paul can not wait for the goodness that God has promised his children. He is so excited and full of hope and faith that he cannot help but be like a kid on Christmas morning. This is what I have to preach to myself every day. God’s goodness is not dependent on circumstance. His love does not wait for you to do the good or right thing. Even when the world seems impossible his faithfulness is unconditional and ever present.

Though there are many days I wake up and think, “what’s the use?” God promises us that we do not run for an earthly prize, but a heavenly one. I encourage you all, even as I am saying it to myself, to be eager in your hope of Christ and the joy that he has set before you. God has not forgotten you or left you behind but holds His arms out, eagerly waiting to embrace you.

To Memorize:

For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

— Galatians 5:5-6

Prayer to start with: Lord, help me to hope in what I cannot see. Help me to love what I cannot touch. Help me to trust in the promises of your Holy Word above all else and forsake all others. Remind me of your goodness today and let me hope with eagerness and joy. Amen.