Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading Saturday July 1, 2023

Theme: Guiding Against Despair

Text: “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.” – Romans 8:24, 25.

Comment: Hope is a feeling of possibility and expectation that our desire for a particular thing could happen. When there is life, there should be hope: “For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.” (Ecclesiastes 9:4) The motivation to live with hope is based on the conviction that with God, nothing is impossible. (Mark 10:27) Abraham was a very good example of living with hope. “…He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.” (Romans 4:18-19) It is because of the glorious hope of the resurrection of the dead, true Christians do not mourn for the dead like those who have no hope as St. Paul stated in 1 Thessalonians 4:13,14, 18

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