The Dynamic Power of a Living Hope (Feb. 6, Sat.)

The word for today is “hope.”  The storms of life often threaten to throw us off course.  How can we keep our bearing when the wind and waves of trials and tribulations toss us to and fro?  In our reading of Colossians 1:3-6, the apostle suggests an answer:  “We give thanks…. because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven…” (vs. 4). In the Word of the Gospel, we hear of the hope reserved for us in the heavens (Strong’s #606, 36).  The Greek word translated as “laid up” expresses the sense of a store of blessings that awaits us.  They are “stored up” as a treasure kept under guard until its owner comes to claim it.…