When Winter has had a long visit and the daffodils are anxiously bursting forth through the earth, it is hard not to be anxious for Spring to come. I expect Spring to arrive soon.
Do you know that "hope" and "EXPECTING" have a comingled biblical definition? There are three main meanings of "hope" used in scripture and all have their definition intertwined with "expectancy." However, there is one particular use for "hope" I want to share with you today.
"For You are my Hope;
O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth."
-Psalm 71:5 NASThis "Hope" is the Hebrew word tiqvah meaning quite literally an attachment cord that is twisted and bound together, expectation, the thing that I long for.
Does "umbilical cord" come to anyone's mind? This is what this "hope" is. A developing baby inside the womb is attached to its life-giver by a cord, an entwined cord that gives every needed nutrient to that thriving baby. So we, as children of God, are attached to our Life-giving Father. He has made the cord of faith and we respond back to Him with hope, an expectant hope, a longing.
There are many good things for which I hope, but as I read this scripture today, I am reminded to place my hope upon our God. He is the thing that I long for, and I ask Him that I would long for Him so much more than I do. He gives us that, the desire to want to know Him better. He gives us the faith.
Dear sister, what are you expecting today? What cord is attached to you heart and is yanking with expectation?
Is it something for which God also longs to give you? Is it for Him Himself? Cultivate it. And let that expectancy grow into something beautiful.
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