Tuesday, March 19, 2013


In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. 
Psalm 5:3

The Greek word used for this concept, wait in expectation, is elpizo which means "confident expectation" or "to wait with joy and full confidence". Or we can take the simple translation- hope.

hope = confident expectation

How confident is your hope?

I don't know about you but I feel like I have settled for a watered down- less powerful version of hope. As I study, I see that hope is rooted in confidence, joy, and expectation. How often to I hope with confidence? Hope with joy? Or hope sincerely expecting results?

What limits or weakens your hope? Fear? Busyness? Distractions? Priorities?

Today consider:

We are not called to focus on the what we hope for but the who we hope in. Our God knows better than us. Just as I am confident that I know what is better for my 2 and 5 year old than they do for themselves. They may ask me for whatever they want but if I know it is not what they need- what they receive from me is not going to align with what they are expecting me to give. Why? Because I love them more than they can comprehend and I want to give them the absolute best.

Today... take a moment to hope. We were created to hope. Let's be a people who wait joyfully and confidently- expecting our God to move.

"For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope" Romans 15:4

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