Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Dear Faith Family,
Water parks are one of the best activities for a kid. However, there is one problem with water parks. In between all the rides and the food and the fun, there is something else you do a lot. You wait. You wait to get the next wave in the wave pool. You wait to get into the lazy river. You wait to get lunch. You wait in the long line that starts down on the walkway, winds up multiple flights of stairs, and extends out onto the upper platform. It’s there that you finally put your inner tube in the water and get situated for your ride only to have the lifeguard hold out his hand and say: “Wait.”
Waiting. It is definitely not the favored activity for us as human beings. And yet, as a Christian, waiting is an essential aspect of our faith journey. It is at the core of our understanding of hope.
Now by hope, we are not talking about wishful thinking or an optimistic outlook on life, but instead hope is a choice we make to embrace the certain future God has already created for his people. It is a future that includes our redemption out of slavery to sin, reconciliation in our relationship with God, and restoration to our pre-fall position of partnership in the cosmos. So we wait. And in the waiting we find ourselves liberated from the dread of circumstantial living into a joy and peace that comes as we trust God with our future. That is hope.
This week our
study is entitled “Hope”. In it, we will learn the language of hope and how the thread of hope runs throughout the Bible. Below you will find the link to the video and some discussion questions that will help you explore this theme in the Bible. There are both Old Testament and New Testament options available for you to explore. As always, if you are a part of a Sunday School Class or Life Group, consider finding a way to connect online or in person. If you are not in a class or group, contact a friend and see if they would be interested in joining you in a discussion of this theme. Let me know if you would like to get connected with others.