We are wrapping up the 14-Day journey Walking Out of Worry. If you have missed the chance to join us, you can always download the guide here and use it for your personal enrichment.
One of the most robust categories in the NT is hope. We meditated on hope a few days ago, but it seems important to continue to think about it. Hope is a “gap” word, allowing the people to God to do more than manage the time between now and the arrival of God’s new world.
The Christian life is a rehearsal of God’s new world. We get the chance to engage in the life that we will experience in full in the new age to come. When the current world barely resembles that new age to come, we can get discouraged and hopeless, instead of hopeful.
Paul’s answer to such a dissonance is contentment. He says in Philippians 4:8-9:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put into practice. And the God of people will be with you.
Our aim is to participate in the activity of God around us. God’s kingdom is not in trouble; our participation in such a life is satisfying and will give us so much meaning.
May you and I not allow worry to have the last word, but trust in the good God that holds us together and does all things well.