Hope-filled fruit

“May those who fear You rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in Your Word.” -Psalm 119:74

Hope. What is life without hope? We all hope. I hope next year will be better. I hope he wins the election. I hope you feel better soon. For the Christian our hope is a sure confidence in the One whose promises have not failed us and will not fail us. Hope in God is as sure as the rising and setting of the sun. To hope in His Word is to settle into security, a soul calm of refuge because the Christian knows God’s words to be true and trustworthy. We know how the Story ends. 

Along with this treasure of comfort, we have fellowship with other saints. God loves us too much to allow us to live like islands from each other. We are better together, encouraging one another in the faith to fear God and walk worthy. This is why attending church, small groups and discipleship is so important (Hebrews 10:24-25). Here the psalmist notes the importance of relationships. Our vertical fellowship will effect the horizontal ones. As you grow in the Lord, your desire will be to see others grow in their faith also, causing us to rejoice with the Spirit when we see fruit! The result of hoping in God is a life of bearing fruit for Him which will last for eternity. The joy is ours to come alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ glorifying our Heavenly Father. 

Grace upon grace,

April 

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