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“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus, who is our hope” (1 Timothy 1:1)

God our Savior, Christ our hope and the Holy Spirit our comforter, one God, now and forever: cuts through the misconceptions that many have.  God is our Savior.  The salvation that Christ proclaimed as sufficient is our hope.  In Scripture, hope is not wishful thinking, but the assurance of what is unseen.  We have not yet seen our final salvation, but we hope and trust in what God has promised.  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but the word of the Lord is forever.

Lord, these words are so simple, but they are so profound.  Lead me, Lord, in the way of everlasting life so that I learn to have hope as You give hope.  Teach me to take these things on Your authority.  Teach me to live into the understanding of the First Commandment in order that I would trust You above all things.  Teach me, Lord, so that I may truly be Your disciple and follow You.

Lord Jesus, You are my hope.  Until I see You face to face on the day of judgement I do not know You fully, but I do have trust and hope.  Yet, I also have faith.  Guide me, Lord, that I would forever hold fast to what You have said knowing that You are the One who saves.  Lead me in the way of truth and guide me to live into all that You have taught Your disciples.  In You alone, O Lord, is there hope and a future.  Amen.