What is hope?

Do you wonder how and when things in our life will settle down? Is the new way of eating going to produce good health results? Will the workouts that you have been doing to strengthen your body help you feel better? Is all that you are doing to battle this disease, illness or situation helpful, or is it an exercise in futility? Will this relationship ever change?

Have you been praying the same prayer about the same situation for years?

Romans 5:1- 5 (NKJV) says

“Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 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.                

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According to this passage, hope is the endpoint of tribulations. In other words, tribulations produce hope. In theory, we should be VERY hopeful!! But do you find yourself asking, ?How did I end up here??

Do you have hope today? 

Since you are still reading this, I think you are at least hopeful or believe that being hopeful is possible.

According to Merriam-Webster, hope is both a verb and a noun. We can have hope (noun) which is the desire or belief for something to happen or be true, “I have hope today will be a good day.” We can hope (verb) by wanting the desire or belief to be true, “I hope you have a good day today.”

According to Strong’s Concordance, the definition of Hope in the bible is the joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation.

How does placing our hope in eternal salvation help us to handle the trials and tribulations that come our way? It changes our focus from the present to the future. 

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Do you often fall prey to the ‘Hollywood Effect’ where all things have good endings? Are you disappointed that your life has not worked out like you think it should?  Do you have a script that you want God to follow, and when He does not, you tend to lose hope? 

I did. I realized that my hope was not in God; it was in what He could do for me right now. My focus was usually not on eternal salvation but on earthly things. My focus was on me. 

How about you? Is your hope in your circumstances? Is your hope in you?

My prayer:

Lord show me what hope is during this 40-day journey. Show me how to focus on eternal salvation and not be so swayed by the here and now. Teach me how to learn from tribulations and see you in everything. Thank you for loving me, teaching me and helping me to hope in You alone.

Scripture:

Romans 5:1- 5 (NKJV) says

“Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 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. 

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For Further Reading:

  1. What is Hope?
  2. Journey to Find Hope: The Beginning
  3. You are NOT your disease!
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