Key verse: In order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. – Ephesians 1:12
Hope is displayed throughout the Bible, from Samson hoping for one last rush of strength, to Jonah hoping for salvation from the belly of whale and the woman who grabbed Jesus’ garment in hoping to be healed. Hope is something that we cannot touch or feel, but we hold it in our hearts, and the more hopeless the situation around us grows, the more hope has the potential to develop within us.
One of the biggest problem in the world today is there are so many people who have lost hope. People have been affected by war after war, sickness after sickness, abandonment after abandonment, lie after lie and the list goes on and on.Without God, the world can be an awful, hopeless place.
As Christians, we hope for the things promised to us in the Word of God. That although we may feel discouraged and unclean in our bodies, we have hope that our spirit has been renewed and washed by Jesus’ blood on the cross, and nothing earthly can ever pollute it. We have hope that Jesus will return once again to this earth and call us home. Hope and faith go hand in hand, and our faith in the scriptures creates hope inside us for the things to come.
Note the subject of our hope is of vital importance because it is possible to have false hope. Our hope as believers is not in a new government, a better educational system, or even ourselves. Our hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Look what the Psalmist says in Psalms 39:7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.” and Psalms 25:3 “No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame,”
Having hope is a trademark sign of being a Christian, and many times our hope gives light and inspiration to those who have no hope in this life. God makes a promise to us in Jeremiah 29:11 saying “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Let your hope be fully in Him and His promises.