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 or giving in to their circumstances. There are those who have little of this world’s goods – yet have a hope larger than life and believe that one day things will change for them, and they will receive the “good” things they have wanted from the day they were born. Many people use hope as a “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 or come to our rescue.” 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.” Where is your hope and what can it do for you?
Prayer: We thank You, Father, for a fact-filled faith that gives us true hope and the assurance we need for our lives. May we find true hope in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. Psalm 71:14