Thursday, October 18, 2007

Signs

I saw this slogan today on a church sign:

We persist in prayer
because of the hope
that God will hear us.

Ugh. How depressing. If I merely had a "hope" that God would hear me, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't even bother. Fortunately, I am assured that God not only hears my prayers – each and every one of them – but that God even hears and understands those "sighs too deep for words" that nobody else would even recognize as prayers.

3 Comments:

Blogger Cranmer49 said...

I'm not sure if the writer of that sentence actually knows how the word hope is used in the New Testament. But the Greek word is elpizo or elpice, meaning trust, confidence, expectation, promise. So if you substitute any one of those words for "hope," the actual NT meaning is quite different than our current common understanding of 'hope' and is much more reassuring.

10/19/2007 3:24 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Thanks for this, Cranmer49. I hope the sign-maker had your understanding of the meaning of "hope" in the NT.

10/20/2007 8:58 PM  
Blogger Cranmer49 said...

Now that's something I couldn't attest to. But we live in hope, right? :-)

10/21/2007 1:06 AM  

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