Contemplations

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Monday, October 27, 2008

The Hope Chest


DAY THIRTEEN: Monday, October 27, 2008

Read Romans 15:1-6


"Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. The Scriptures give us patience and encouragement so that we can have hope." Romans 15:4 (NCV)


The Bible is unique among "holy books;" it is rooted and intertwined with actual human history. As God's Word it reveals the meaning to life and the responsibility of humans to their Creator.

One of the most distinctive qualities of the Bible is that it is a "living book." (Hebrews 4:12) Its truths have penetrated the perplexities of billions of people's lives by offering immense encouragment, producing great hope when its precepts are studied and applied.

In bygone generations a tradition existed of providing a "hope chest." for an adolescent child, especially young ladies, which would gradually be supplied with items that the owner would need upon leaving home an venturing out into adulthood. The treasures in the "hope chest" might include items such as handcrafted items like quilts or linens, family photos, or perhaps even items needed to set up housekeeping like silverware or books.

Although this is an outdated method of the example of storing items for future use when needed, it is reminiscent of the Bible. God has stowed away tremendous treasures in this miraculous book for the needs of our life journey.

Action step for today: Re-read one of your favorite Bible stories or passages that lifts you up, encourages you, and gives you hope.

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