Waiting is not fun. Whether you are waiting for an upcoming vacation, birthday, celebration, Christmas, or something else it is hard to wait well. 1 Thessalonians is a book focused on waiting well for Christ's return. The ultimate hope of a Christian is grounded in the return of Jesus. As a part of his return he will make everything right, all sin will be vanquished and death destroyed. This reality is what gives us hope and encouragement, even in the face of steep opposition.
Consider what a life looks like that is mired in disappointment versus one that is brimming with hope. The difference in perspective leads to a radically different life. Therefore, we must be a people who remember what God has done for us and what he will do in Christ's return and be filled with hope.
Question of the day: How should hope affect your actions or emotions today?
God our Father, help me to live with hope today. Thank you that Christ will make everything right at his return and help me to live out of that reality. Help me not to be discouraged but encouraged by all that your Son has accomplished already and will do at his return. Help me to live in a way that reflects your kingdom and is bringing about your will on earth. Amen.