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But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. – 1 Thessalonians 5:8

When’s the last time you hoped for something?

I remember as a kid always hoping for a video game console. Year after year, I’ll look in the Toys R’ us ads and just be enthralled by the beauty of that, lacklusterly colored box (Nintendo and Super Nintendo grey are not very exciting colors), that promised so much joy and entertainment. Every year I hoped and every year I was left hoping that maybe next year.

When I sat down to write this, I asked myself, how hopeful is my actual hope; do I truly expect fruition when I say that I hope for anything? To be honest, I didn’t, I had to categorize my hope as wishful thinking where I don’t expect fruition or any intended outcome; I just hope and expect to continue hoping.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:8, it talks about the armor of God that protects us and prepares us for battle against the onslaughts of the deceiver placing the hope of salvation as the helmet. I find this interesting that the deceiver plays mind games and to protect us is hope. I’ve talked about how weak my hope is and that’s what God says is going to protect my head. If that’s the case, Goliath (killed by rock to the head) and I shop at the same armor store. Yet God holds to so boldly as to put it in His Holy Word that the hope of salvation will carry me through and that’s because of this — He will. My hope has been jaded because there was no certainty but God re-establishes true hope because, He will.

This is why we are celebrating Christmas because God has sent His Son down to establish the hope of your salvation which is assured. He declares that He loves you so He did it. It’s funny that it is in this season that the deceiver is trying to deter us by turning our hopes into wishful thinking. Now that you’re aware of what the deceiver is doing, celebrate this season, wish for things and have fun, but remember that true hope is God given, be assured that He loves you.

-Zenas Fung
Pastor of Student and Young Adult Ministries

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