Happy Fall Y’all!
The Resurrection Digital Bulletin for October is now available for your reading pleasure. This month, our theme is This Too, Shall Pass – Put Your Hope, Trust, and Love in God. “He who dwells in the help of the Most High shall lodge in the shelter of the God of heaven. He shall say to the Lord, ‘You are my protector and my refuge, My God; I will hope in Him’” (Psalm 90:1-2).
What does David mean when he commands himself to “hope?”
Hope is the Hebrew word yahal which means to wait, to rest in expectation, to remain stationary until the arrival of some person or event. Yahal is translated in the Septuagint with the Greek verb elpizo (from noun elpis = hope, absolute assurance of future good), which means to look forward with confidence to that which is good and beneficial. Although it is never translated be patient, elpizo by its very nature calls for patience, reminding us that the fulfillment of hope lies in the future. David’s command to hope does not mean cross your fingers and hope it comes to pass. It does not mean God might work for you. Instead, to hope means to be confident that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28