“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD” – Psalm 31:24
Is there any hope? Yes. Jesus is our hope for a better life, a life not marred by sin. Jesus’ death on the Cross gave us hope of having our sins forgiven and having a relationship with God. Hope for everlasting life—eternal life made possible by Jesus shed blood. I have hope in the Lord who is faithful and keeps His promises. I have hope in the Lord because nothing is impossible for Him. I have hope in the Lord who has plans for my life and who promised that He will guide me.
I have hope in the Lord who never forsakes His children. I have hope in the Lord who loved us so much that He sent His Son into the world to die for my sins. God has said and done many things to make us hope and when we hope for something it means that we believe they can happen—that they are possible. God has taught us that anything is possible and that we can do all things through Him.
- To hope is to have faith that the thing we hope for is not out of our reach.
- To hope is to be confident that we can achieve anything we set our hearts on.
- To hope is to believe that we can have what God means for us to have.
- To hope is to be assured that we can get what God plans to give us.
- To hope is to be encouraged because it seems that what we dream of is possible, promising.
- To hope is to trust that it can and will happen.
- To hope is to expect it to happen.
Hope springs eternal. To hope is to trust in the Lord, to look on the bright side, to be optimistic. As Paul writes in his letter to the church in Rome, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5)
Hope is the same as faith. Faith is to believe in that which we cannot see and so is hope. We don’t know what our futures hold but we can each hope for a bright one. God promised that He has plans for us so we have those to look forward to and what makes this more exciting is that what God’s plans for us are always beyond our wildest dreams. Look at how blessed Abraham was after Isaac was born. He became the father of nations as God promised. Hannah prayed for a son and was blessed with Samuel and other children. Leah was blessed with six sons and a daughter and God’s favour. Ordinary men became great apostles whose gospels and letters we read to give us inspiration and a better insight to who Jesus is.
It is exciting to hope when you read how the lives of these people and others in the Bible changed when they came to know Jesus. As Paul rightly says, “But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” (Romans 8:25) Hope makes us steadfast and more focused on God.
Knowing who God is and what He has done makes it easy for us to hope in Him. He is loving, kind, merciful, faithful and compassionate. In Psalm 145:9, David says that the Lord has compassion on all that He has made. This is true. He had compassion on Leah who was unloved by her husband. He had compassion for Hannah who was barren. He had compassion for the woman who would have been stoned for committing adultery had He not been there. God does indeed take care of His children and as long as we hold on to that fact, we will always have something to hope for.