One Hope

Adam Navis

Read: Ephesians 4:1-8 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call. (v. 4) Hope is a central part of the Christian life. Hope is what Christ’s coming brought into the world, and the hope that Christ offers is what draws so many to him. At Words of Hope, we think about this hope every day. Words of Hope does much more than publish this devotional. We work with …

Waiting for Jesus

Adam Navis

Read: John 5:1-17 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” (v. 6) You can learn a lot about a person if you watch their reaction when technology fails. Imagine that your Internet stops working, your lawnmower sputters to a stop, your smartphone crashes, or your car won’t start in the morning. How long does it take for you to feel …

Waiting in Faith

Adam Navis

Read: Acts 1:1-11 Why do you stand looking into heaven? (v. 11) When I was a kid I loved Christmas but I was horrible at waiting for presents. I would get as close as I was allowed (no touching!) to the gifts under the tree, examining them from every angle, only to retreat back to the couch and flop myself down. No matter what my mother asked me to do, help her bake cookies, decorate the house, or prepare for …

Waiting with Demands

Adam Navis

Read: Psalm 40 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me! O LORD, make haste to help me! (v. 13) Has it ever, in the history of the world, helped anyone, anywhere, to be told, “Just be patient”? Patience is something that’s always forced upon us when the situation gets out of control. If we didn’t have to, would anyone ever choose to be patient just for the sake of being patient? In Psalm 40, David teaches us how to wait …

Waiting in Fear

Adam Navis

Read: Matthew 25:14-30 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. (v. 19) Everything is more difficult when you don’t know how long it’s going to last. For example, imagine being told that a certain surgery will take about two hours versus ten or more hours. Or how about waiting for a response from a college or job application: “We’ll get back to you sometime in the next three weeks.” Doesn’t it …

One Hope

Adam Navis

Read: Ephesians 4:1-8 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call. (v. 4) In this Advent season, Christians around the world look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. We wait, and while we wait, we consider the hope that Christ’s coming brought into the world. At Words of Hope, we think about this hope every day. Words of Hope does much more than publish this devotional. …