HOPE

Hope is, “The confidence that, by integrating God’s redemptive acts in the past with trusting human responses in the present, the faithful will experience the fullness of God’s goodness both in the present and in the future.”[1]

Remember we have hope. All is not lost. Jesus lives. He invites you to come to him and have hope. When you think of hope, I hope you will think of Jesus. Hope is Him, his Omnipotence, his Presence, and Eternity with him.

 

H-Hope is with Him.

John described the hope we have in Christ, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:4-5). See how God described his Son. “In him was life,” tells us that he is the source of life. He is the origin of life. Furthermore, the Son of God has not been overcome. He has been through the world of sorrow. He has endured death itself.  Yet, he is not overcome. And we find victory in him.

 

O-Hope is based on his Omnipotence

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?” is what God asked Abraham and Sarah just after he promised them a son when they were near 100 years old. His promise held true. All God’s promises hold true. So, “If God is for us, then who can be against us?”

 

P-Hope is found in his Presence

Luke 2:14 records the words of the angelic host, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” He is the one to whom we must run for refuge. “But the Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge” (Psalm 94:22).

 

E-Hope is realized in Eternity.

We know that in the world we will have tribulation, but Jesus has overcome the world. So Paul said, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). He also wrote, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us-ward. For the earnest expectation of the creation waiteth for the revealing of the sons of God” (Romans 8:18).

 

[1] Ben Craver, “Hope,” ed. John D. Barry et al., The Lexham Bible Dictionary (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2016).

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