Hope.  One of the most precious commodities that we have as believers is our hope, which has a foundation much greater than what this world can offer.  We have a hope that is not based on our own emotion or circumstance, but upon an eternal promise that has been made to those who believe! This kind of hope produces a resolve, persistence, joy, and peace in the midst of trial and difficulty.  

The Psalmist tells us where we find this kind of hope.

God, the one and only— I’ll wait as long as he says. Everything I hope for comes from him, so why not? He’s solid rock under my feet, breathing room for my soul, An impregnable castle: I’m set for life. Psalm 62:5–6 (The Message)

The concept of hope and the characteristics of a life of hope points toward the idea of a better tomorrow.  Yet it goes beyond just desire or wishing for something greater or better, it is the deep assurance and a firm confidence that the future of every aspect of our lives is in God’s hands.  The promises that we have been given through his word, provides for us the assurance that there is hope for the future.  His past performance in our lives is a reminder that he does look out for us and answers prayer.  

Reminder #1: Biblical hope is directly linked to establishing a firm faith in God.

Oh! May the God of great hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope! Romans 15:13 (The Message)

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. Hebrews 11:1 (The Message) 

Reminder #2: Biblical hope is directly linked to a complete trust in God.

What’s more, our hearts brim with joy since we’ve taken for our own his holy name. Love us, God, with all you’ve got— that’s what we’re depending on. Psalm 33:21–22 (The Message)

The sure hope that believers have is one that does not put us to shame, but provides the strength we need to press on.  May we put our faith and hope in a God who has proven himself faithful in the past and will do so throughout eternity.  Because hope is an anchor that will keep us steady through all the circumstances of life.

Quote of the day:

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.~ Mother Teresa 

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