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Hope in God’s Love and Forgiveness

Devotions

One axiom followed by mountain climbers is “trust your equipment.” Especially when rappelling, a climber must put her confidence in an anchor point, ropes, and knots, with the anchor being the most important. As one climbing guide said, “Since rappelling puts your well-being entirely at the mercy of the technical system that you have established, if any point of the system fails you are likely going to be injured (or worse).”

For the next week we’re going to study the location of our hope. What is our anchor point? On what are we depending? Whom can we trust with our lives?

Our psalm today contains some of the most beautiful promises in Scripture. First, as we’ve seen already this month, we can go to the Lord even when we are at our lowest moments, and He hears our cry (vv. 1–2). Second, God knows all about our sins—and He still offers us forgiveness and the opportunity to be in relationship with Him (vv. 3–4). Our Savior is not a spiritual tyrant or bully, keeping us subservient by dragging up our past failures. He releases us from shame so that we can praise and serve Him.

God is both all-powerful and all-loving (v. 7). If He had power without love, we might tremble before His judgment and condemnation. If He had love without power, we might worry that He could not deliver on His promises to save. But His love never fails and His power never weakens, making Him the only anchor we can trust with our lives. He is able to redeem all our sin and suffering into something beautiful that brings Him glory. This is the secure location of our hope, and we can wait with confidence for Him to deliver us.

Apply the Word

Sometimes we neglect the practice of confession, but it is a wonderful reminder of the location of our hope. Confess your sins to God and thank Him for His forgiveness and freedom. He has the power to forgive and the willingness to forgive because He loves us. Confession allows us to hope, to serve, and to praise Him.

BY Heather Moffitt, Managing Editor

Heather Moffitt has served as managing editor of Today in the Word since 1999. She loves working with the talented team of writers, editors, and production staff to ensure that insightful devotional studies reach our readers each month. Heather also loves running, whitewater rafting, travel, and singing in a Gospel Choir.

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