“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”
—Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)
I chose to profess my trust and hope in Jesus as a second grader in a dusty desert town in Arizona. I clearly remember that day, the two friends who joined me later in baptism, and the beginning of my life as a follower of Jesus. I claim that point in time as the day my life changed forever. It was the day I became a Christian.
Did I know everything I needed to know about hope, trust, and prayer? No, not by any stretch of the imagination did I suddenly have all the answers. But with thanks to my Sunday School teachers, Vacation Bible School leaders, and supportive and loving family and church family, I heard the Lord calling me to follow Him. In faith, I stepped out of the pew to claim my forever-in-Jesus family.
That day in second grade was long ago. I could have stayed just like that, a new believer, wet behind the ears. But through decades of constant prayer, both by myself and other Christians, I’ve grown to learn more about Christ. Prayer, Bible study, worship, and fellowship have all contributed to my growth. Through constant prayer I’ve come to know more about Him, our Lord who is indeed faithful.
One thing I’ve learned is that God cannot break His promises, and He is faithful. Because He is faithful to His word, I can hold tight to the hope I have in Him. His promises will not be broken. He loves me, cares for me, and will receive me in His timing. He will walk with me through the good days and bad. He will lead me and guide me. He is faithful and good.
Because of my hope in Christ, I can choose to be constant in prayer and grow ever closer and dependent on the One who is faithful.
Lord, Thank You for giving us hope in Christ. Thank You for being faithful and keeping Your word. As we seek to be constant in prayer, hear our hearts and lead us as we love and serve You. We pray that our hope in You and our constant prayers call to the preschoolers and families we serve. In Your name, amen.
Angie Quantrell is the editor for WMU preschool resources.