Expectant and Alive

This is today’s devotion on the continued theme of hope by Eugene Peterson:

“Hope affects the Christian life by making us expectant and alive.  People with minimal hope live in drudgery and boredom because they think they know what’s going to happen next.  They’ve made their assessment of God, the people around them, and themselves, and they know what’s coming.

People who hope never know what’s coming next.  They expect it is going to be good, because God is good.  Even when disasters occur, people of hope look for how God will use evil for good.

A person with hope is alive to God.  Hope is powerful.  It is stimulating.  It keeps us on tiptoe, looking for the unexpected.”

“…waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother.  We are enlarged in the waiting.  We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us.  But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.”
                                                 Romans 8: 24-25 (MSG)

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