Only Hope, Part 1, Day 21
Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope!”
Okay, I couldn’t help it. I’m a Star Wars fan, and I’m excited about the upcoming new movie.
This is the famous line from the original “first” Star Wars film by George Lucas. When her ship is boarded by Empire-loyal stormtroopers and the Dark Lord himself, Darth Vader, Princess Leia loads a message into an astromech droid R2-D2 and ejects him off into space with a message for its former master, Obi Wan Kenobi. We all know the story. R2 and his comical gold droid friend, C3P0, crash land on the desert planet of Tatooine. They are captured by Jawas and sold to Luke Skywalker’s uncle, Owen. When cleaning the droids, Luke discovers part of the message and sets off to find “Old Ben” Kenobi and delivers the message.
I’m going to risk spoiling it for you non-Star Wars people by saying Obi-Wan does come through – effectively disabling the Death Star’s tractor beam system all while avoiding detection by nearly everyone aboard the ship. He courageously faces his former padawan (student), Darth Vader, and allows himself to be struck down in order to allow for the escape of his friends. I can draw some parallels to Christ. While we weren’t exactly down her begging Him to show up, Christ is our only Hope in this world. Christ also allowed Himself to be “struck down” so we could live freely. Obi Wan’s death in Episode IV is the beginning of the path to peace for the galaxy. Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection was so much greater, the ultimate sacrifice, to bring us hope, peace, and freedom (Isaiah 53:5).
What is hope?
Merriam-Webster dictionary explains that “to hope” is “to cherish a desire with anticipation; to expect with confidence; to desire with the expectation of obtaining.”
Who is our Hope?
- Psalm 62:5 “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him.”
- Psalm 71:5 “You have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.”
Where are we to put our hope?
- Psalm 42:5 “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.”
- 1 Peter 1:21 “Through Him [Christ] you believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him, and so your faith and hope are in God.”
What do we hope for?
- For Christ’s return… Titus 2:13-14 says, “We wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.”
- Our inheritance in heaven, the hope of life eternal with God… Ephesians 1:13, 14, 18, and 19 says, “When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.…I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe...”
- Our bodily redemption… Romans 8:23-24 says, “…we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved…”
How important is hope in a marriage?
Hope is what sets the tone for your day. Hope is what keeps you afloat on the dark days. Hope is what steadies you when you feel like giving up and caving in. Hope is what gives us confidence to believe. Tomorrow I’ve delve into hoping in the Lord together.
Today’s Challenge: Have a discussion with your husband. You can feel free to answer these questions on your own first and write down some notes for your conversation. Use the “questions to ponder” section below for inspiration.
Bible Passage: Ephesians 1
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Questions to Ponder: What are you hoping for? What are you longing for? Who is your only Hope? Do we hope for and invest in things of eternal value? Is there anything in our lives that we should let go of because it’s not of lasting value to our marriage?