Hope

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Hope… One word that we all need.

Some possess it and some are seking futilely for it.

The key to finding hope is perhaps best answered in the following questions:

  • In what do I hope?  Is my hope in circumstances, in feelings, in my ability to cope, in people, in things, in places, in promotions, in jobs?  All of those things are temporary and changeable.  There is no security in that which is situationally-shifting
  • In Whom do I hope?  Do I hope in a god that only promises “peace” if people, places, circumstances, feelings, and the environment are pleasant?  Do I hope in a god that only offers a paradise or rewards, based on how I perform?  Do I hope in a god that lived decades or centuries ago and is now dead?  Do I hope in a capricious god that cares not for the individual follower? There is no substratum of hope from a god that has no ability to offer life —  spiritual and eternal life.  There is no sanctuary of hope in a god that does not personally care for each individual.

If our hope is in a God who loves us perfectly because He is righteous and just, then we can rest in Him — even when circumstances around us are anything but peaceful.  There are the valleys and the “shadowlands” of life, but if we have a solid hope, rooted in a solid faith in a true and loving God, then we can have hope.

In what or Whom do you hope? 

Psalm 37:3-6

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.

Psalm 31:24

24 Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord.

Ephesians 3:16-21

16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

 

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