The Gift of Hope
Now we can look forward to the salvation God has promised us. There is no longer any room for doubt, and we can tell others that salvation is ours, for there is no question that he will do what he says.
In response to all he has done for us, let us outdo each other in being helpful and kind to each other and in doing good.
Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back is drawing near. Hebrews 10: 23-25 (TLB)
So encourage each other to build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (TLB)
Steve Lawrence is from Kiambu county, in Kenya. As a youth pastor, he frequently interacts with young Christians struggling with everything from depression to failed relationships. Many come to Steve seeking help, prayers, advice, and comfort.
In listening to their problems, Steve has come to realize the gift of reassurance. These young students do not want Steve to say why life is unfair to them. They do not want him to explain a solution to their problems. They want a reason to have hope.
And so Steve reminds them that their current problem is a storm that will calm down with time and that God is with them. Steve tells them that God promises to see them through difficult times and to make their paths straight (see Prov. 3:5-6). Steve finds that their faith is bolstered and they find the strength to continue through their obstacles when they hear this divine reassurance.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your constant love. Help us to share this love with others by reminding them of the hope that you offer us, in Jesus' name. Amen.
Wednesday night fellowship, together praising God in music.