Hope Is Not Empty Fantasy: It is Founded on the Substantial Belief in Christ (Wed. July 21)

The word of the day is ”hope.”  We live in an age whose cynicism borders on hopelessness.  Many are skeptical of everything.  They question everything but their own opinions, notions based on their own self-interest.  In this ocean of doubt, some treat our hope in Christ as a wish that we cast into the future like a message-in-a-bottle is thrown into the sea. But in today’s reading of Romans 15:7-16, Paul closes the body of his letter with a benediction.  In this beautiful sentence, Paul prays for the greatest of  blessings—that the believers in Rome would “abound in peace.”  He writes, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound…