Hope

Our hope is in the resurrection.  How many times has your pastor/priest said those words?  The word hope appears 121 times in the King James version of the bible and 159 times in the New International Version.  It also appears a number of other times in different forms such as hoped or hopeful.

A  beautiful passage from Romans 15:13 says “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  As Christians, we place all hope in the God who loves us.

In our daily conversations we use the word hope.  I hope it will rain soon, I hope he gets better soon, I hope I win the lottery and so many more things we need or want; either for ourselves or for others.

Hope is a form of faith or even prayer when expressed to God.  He hears our desires and he blesses us with his responses to our hopes and dreams.

However, we can misuse hope, such as hoping against someone.  It is better to hope for ourselves or those we love than to hope against someone.  Granted we may only be wishing for someone to lose a sporting event or a job interview, but wouldn’t it be better to let God’s will be done and accept his decision? As Christians we should hope for good things for all, even our enemies.  For we are told to forgive our enemies, and as tough as that may be, it is what God has directed us to do.

Some examples of biblical hope sayings:

Psalms 31:24
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

Psalms 43:5
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Romans 4:18
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

Romans 5:1-5
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a]have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

So my friends, hope in the Lord and believe with all your heart and he will answer you as he sees fit.

Mumbles says

My hope is in the Lord.

God’s Peace!

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