Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A Churchy Word That Isn't What You Think - Hope

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:22-23 (NLT)

How often do you hear or say the word hope?

We hope she arrives safely. We hope you understand. We hope he feels better. We hope to get a new iPhone. In each sentence, ‘hope’ could be replaced by ‘wish’. Conversationally, hope is wishful thinking, the personal desires we want to be true. Some might consider them little prayers to no one in particular.

Christian hope is nothing like that.

Christian hope is an unmovable rock you can hang on to. Our hope is the assurance that God will fulfill His promises. We are confident He will. Certain. Assured.

I laughed reading Merriam-Webster’s secondary, archaic definition: trust. Oh Merriam, I strongly disagree! Though culturally second, Christian hope is not archaic!

Hope is absolute trust in God’s every promise.

God is with us always, even when we don’t feel His presence. There’s no wishing for His forgiveness; it’s guaranteed. Though our current circumstances may look grim, God has a good plan for you, me, and the entire world.

Hope assures us that God is in control.

Hope is the light that guides us out of the darkness.

Hope allows us to praise God with gratitude in all circumstances.

Hope gives us power to transform daily life.

Let me repeat that.  Hope gives us the power to transform our daily lives.

My friend, hope is not wishful thinking. Hope has everything to do with trust.

Do you need more hope? Do you know God’s promises? How could hope transform your life?

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1 comment:

  1. Great post. I love the word HOPE. Knowing that I have the hope of heaven and an eternal relationship with my Abba Father in Heaven gives me the utmost Joy. Thank you Cathy