Hope is one of the most important words in the vocabulary of many people. It is a word that we hear daily – from many sources for many different reasons. It is used to guard minds and guide lives. Sometimes it gives courage and confidence to people who are on the verge of giving up on life. There are those who have little of this world’s goods that have a hope larger than life that one day things will change for them and they will receive all of the “good” things they have wanted from the day they were born. Many people use it to “wish” that something good would happen to them – something out of the ordinary to change the direction of their lives.
But “hope” in Scripture is different from that concept of hope. In God’s Word hope is always directed to “some-thing or Someone we can believe in that will eventually come true.” It is someThing – God’s Word. If God declared it, His Word revealed it and we can believe it because His-story records it accurately. Whatever He said came to pass.
Then there is Someone – God’s Son. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” We can believe in and have confidence in Him because what He said about Himself came true. “I will rise again in three days.” And again, His-story records it factually and accurately.
A famous heart surgeon once said, “Christians who have hope will find that their hope in God is far more reliable and will do more for them than any medication I can prescribe or any procedure I can perform.”
Prayer: We thank You, Father, for a fact-filled faith that gives us the assurance we need to place our hope in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 71:14 As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.