We all need to have it. We hope for so many things:
- we hope to have a good day
- we hope for good weather
- we hope the neighbors moving in will be good ones
- we hope our house will sell
- we hope our kids will do well in school, land good jobs, find the right mate
- we hope we will have enough money for retirement
- we hope for good health
You get the point. We are always hoping. I have been thinking about this word for a few days now. For some reason, my mind went to Hebrews 11. Each hero of faith mentioned in that chapter had hope:
- Abel hoped his sacrifice would be acceptable to the Lord
- Noah hoped the ark would save him & his family
- Abraham hoped for his inheritance, for his son & for deliverance of his only son
- Moses’ parents hoped the basket & the river would save his life
Perhaps living a life of faith takes hope – hope in THE ONLY ONE that is Himself hope.
Hope, as defined in The Expository Dictionary of Bible Words has the “motif of trust; the sense is most often an expectant anticipation of a particular result.” (page 497) Placing hope is an expression for trusting in the divine power of God to bring certain victory.
The death & resurrection of Christ brings me hope – hope that our God can do the difficult, bring about impossible results, things that are beyond me. My hope is founded upon The One who is hope & brings hope. His Presence in my life assures me that those things that I face in life, though difficult, are doable. I have this hope that He will supply my need. I have this hope that He will enable me to do the things He has called me to do each day. I have this hope that I can be more than I am in myself. And so when then winds of life blow, for those times I find myself in the wilderness, during those days I am bewildered, when life gets harder than I would like or think that I can endure – I have HOPE…..
This HOPE is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:19-20 NLT)
Hope….I have it because He is already all that I need.