I don’t know about you, but having hope keeps me going in many areas. It enables me to get up in the morning; hoping that the day will be a good one. Each day I hope my energy lasts longer than the day before. I know many of you survive on hope also.
But what about our hope in God? In our salvation? His word tells us who He is and how He loves us and how He wants a relationship with each one of us. It is the framework for the whole bible. Reconciling man to God through Jesus Christ.
For in You, O Lord, I hope;
You will hear, O Lord my God.
Let us hold fast the confession
of our hope without wavering,
for He who promised is faithful.
God showed Himself; who He was through the Old Testament; letting us get to know Him and His ways. It is through these words that we learn what He wants in a relationship. He wants us to obey Him; depend on Him; seek Him out; and give Him praise. As we get to know Him, we find that we can rest our hope on Him, since He proves Himself trustworthy.
For You are my hope, O Lord God;
You are my trust from my youth…
…But I will hope continually,
And will praise You yet more and more.
Psalm 71:5, 14
Now may the God of hope fill you
with all joy and peace in believing,
that you may abound in hope by the power
of the Holy Spirit.
In the Old Testament, the people looked forward to the Savior. They rested their hope on the promise that God gave to Abraham. They had hope that God would show them mercy and cover their sins when they confessed and offered up sacrifices. Their hope caused them to believe He would answer their prayers; strengthen them; protect them. They didn’t fully understand everything about the Messiah, but they trusted God and that was enough for them.
Behold, the eye of the Lord
is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy
has begotten us again to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1 Peter 1:3
In the New Testament, we are shown that our hope has been fulfilled in Jesus. He brought reconciliation through His sacrificial death on the cross; paying the penalty for our sins. Because He lived a sinless life, we know that He was able to be the perfect sacrifice. Since He defeated death by rising from the dead, our hope rests fully in Him. That through salvation in Him; belief in what He accomplished for us; we have a promise of eternity with Him and with God.
That they may set their hope in God,
And not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments;
For whatever things were written before
were written for our learning,
that we through the patience and comfort
of the Scriptures might have hope.
Knowing that we can look forward to a home one day soon with God and His Son, encourages me and even gets me excited about my future there. Our life here on earth living for Him, learning more each day; deepening our relationship with Him; prepares us for our future life there also. Our lives will continue on but in a perfect state.
I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.
Therefore, having been justified by faith,
we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom also we have access by faith
into this grace in which we stand,
and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
God, through the Holy Spirit, gives us peace as we place our hope and trust in Him. As believers this hope helps us to keep our heads held high; knowing we are children of the King. I don’t know about you but I need this hope. I hold onto it; tight. It grounds me so to speak.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope.
To them God willed to make known
what are the riches
of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles:
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
No matter what we face here on earth in our daily lives; whether finances, health, relationships, or anything else; we know what we have waiting for us. This is our hope. No one can take that from us.
Until next time, God bless.