Hope: 1. To wish for something with expectation of its fulfillment. 2. To have confidence; trust. 3. Often Hope Christianity The theological virtue defined as the desire and search for a future good, difficult but not impossible to attain with God’s help.
We must keep our hope alive and active. I truly believe that hope is an action that we are in charge of. We can either sit in desperation or look ahead of what tomorrow might bring. It is a decision we have to make and have the strength to continue to walk in it. Everyday brings new challenges and we have to be willing to face each challenge with hope. Knowing that whatever happens and however this looks right now, all is temporary and we need to look forward.
23 “Oh, that my words could be recorded. Oh, that they could be inscribed on a monument, 24 carved with an iron chisel and filled with lead, engraved forever in the rock.
25 “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. 26 And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God!
What I like about what Job was saying here is that he needs everyone to know about the hope in God. He wants to put it in solid ground, in places that can not be erased. Vs.25 But as for me… He was saying that he already has hope in the Lord and believes with all that he is. He knows that there is an ending to what he’s going through. He knows he’s going to see his Lord one day and that is all that really matters to him.
11 Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. 12 Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.
**We need to love one another in order to walk in the will of God. We need to realize that loving each other is a direct connection to our hope.
God’s Promises Bring Hope!
13 For example, there was God’s promise to Abraham. Since there was no one greater to swear by, God took an oath in his own name, saying:
14 “I will certainly bless you, and I will multiply your descendants beyond number.” 15 Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised.
**Are you waiting patiently?
16 Now when people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding. 17 God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. 18 So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. 19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 (My Favorite Scripture)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.
If you believe in the word of God and believe that all he says is true, then when you get attacked with emotions and self doubt, remember who has your back.
What is your take away?