Do you have a hopeful expectancy about your future or do you fear the unknown? Scripture points us to the hope we have in God’s plan for our lives. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV)
Traditionally, a Hope Chest is full of items dedicated to the hope of having a future. The chests were used for collecting and storing items for younger women to have when they got married. Typical items included; dishes, silverware, linens, towels, family mementos and a big chest of dreams.
Today, Hope Chests have all but disappeared from modern day family life. While most of us own a chest, more often than not it is used for general storage at the foot of the bed.
From a spiritual perspective, here’s some treasures to have and to hold in your own Hope Chest:
BIBLE – All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16
JOY & PEACE – Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
LOVE – And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16
FORGIVENESS – For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14
PRAYER – Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:12
FAITH – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
REDEMPTION – In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:7
Thank you Lord for the hope we have in you!
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