Advent: no unfounded hope

Of David.

In you, Lord my God,
I put my trust.
I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.
Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, Lord, are good.
Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.

Psalm 25:1-9

Hoping in (NIV) or waiting on (NRSV) God never comes up empty. But one has to hold on to that hope, requiring a faith which waits. And that may seem foolish, except for the fact that we’re waiting on a God who is utterly and completely faithful.

God is up to some things which take time. Yes, God is working on us, but he is also working on other things, more unbeknownst to us. Our one task is simply to wait in hope. Hope in the biblical sense means the firm expectation that God will act in due time.

God trains us for the one great hope, “the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13) during the course of each day, and through many trials- real and imagined. As we experience God’s faithfulness in big and little ways, maybe in many relatively smaller, yet not insignficant ways, we can more and more look forward to the climax of all waiting and hope: when our Lord returns to bring final and full salvation for all who have put their hope in him.

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