Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 1:15-20

“Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His great might.”  (Ephesians 1:18,19)

We know so little of the great blessings we have received in Christ.  It is for this reason that Paul prays that God will open the eyes of our hearts so that we can grasp to a small degree the spiritual blessings we have in Christ.  One of these great blessings is the blessing of hope.  The biblical concept of hope is very different from the common way we use the word “hope” today. We say things like, “I hope we have good weather today.”  Our usage of the word does not imply certainty; it implies wishful thinking.  The biblical use, however, is one of confident expectation.  It means a fervent yearning for the fulfillment of the promises of God.  It involves a patient waiting based on the assurance that God will do what He says He will do.

Waiting on God is difficult sometimes.  We want instant answers and immediate results.  But God calls us to wait on His timing.  Hope means that we are willing to do so with the sure expectation that in God’s own timing, He will bring about all He has promised us in Christ.  The basis of our hope is found in our Savior Jesus.  “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 6:19,20).  Our High Priest Jesus assures us that we will receive all that God has promised us.  He intercedes for us and assures us that we belong to Him and that all God’s promises will be realized.

Related to this hopeful expectation is the promise of an eternal inheritance.  Paul also prays that we will know “what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints.”  He is referring to all the glorious riches of the blessings of salvation:  knowing God, His love, His peace and His joy.

As beloved children of God, we are blessed beyond all measure — both now and for all eternity.  While we cannot fully comprehend all these blessings, may the Spirit open our eyes to grasp the hope we have in Christ and the eternal riches of His grace.

O Spirit, open my eyes that I may see the riches that are mine in Christ.  Keep me full of hope and enable me to honor the One who loves me and who gave Himself for me.


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