Steve Brines – Ahwatukee Student Pastor

I am an NBA fan.  More specifically, I am a fan of the Phoenix Suns.  A huge fan.  In case you aren’t aware, these are tough times for Suns fans as the team has failed to reach the playoffs for the past five seasons.  And when the playoffs roll around, the disappointment I feel is usually pretty great.  But then comes the Draft Lottery, and with it the hope that the Suns would have one of their ping pong balls chosen to get the top pick in the upcoming draft.

As Suns fans, the problem with placing our hope in the Draft Lottery (much like the regular lottery) is that the chances of winning are very small.  In fact, the Suns’ chances this year were 0.6%.  Those are nearly impossible odds to overcome.  But even those odds were enough for me to forget about yesterday’s letdowns and focus on the possibilities of tomorrow.

Hope is powerful.  And when we place our hope in Christ, the odds of a better tomorrow go through the roof.  Exponentially.  He never fails us.  Our future is secure.

Paul’s encouragement to the early church can be an encouragement to each of us.

17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

Maybe you are experiencing this hope, which is great!  But if you’re feeling hopeless, or if you find yourself constantly putting your hope in people and things that let you down, it might be time to put it in the Lord and lean on His perfect power.  True hope will empower us to forget about yesterday’s letdowns and focus on the possibilities of tomorrow.

The Power of Hope

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