We all need hope. But isn’t just something we can just conjure up at will. Where can we get hope? Where does hope come from?
“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4 (NKJV)
It’s important to understand that hope, as it is used in the Bible, isn’t some sort of wishful thinking about something we would really like to happen. Instead, hope is a well grounded, well founded assurance that God will do what He has said He will do. Hope is based completely on God. Our hope in God is based on our confidence that He is who Scripture says He is and He will do what Scripture says He will do. This confidence is our well grounded, well founded assurance that God will do what He has said He will do. How does God’s Word give us hope?
God’s Word Points Me To Jesus. Jesus is central to all God’s plans and promises. Therefore, Jesus is central to hope. God’s Word always points us to Jesus.
“and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:15 (NKJV)
“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” John 5:39-40 (NKJV)
God’s Word points us to Jesus, always.
God’s Word Reminds Me That Failure Isn’t Fatal. We all fail in various ways in our service, devotion, and relationship with Jesus. What happens when we fail? If you’re anything like me, then you often lose hope. But God’s Word helps here.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)
“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” 1 John 2:1-2 (NKJV)
Satan would love to lose hope over our failures. God’s Word gives us hope even in the midst of our failures.
God’s Word Teaches Me There Is More. Part of what I love most about following Jesus is that there’s always more. There’s more to know, more to do, more to be, just more.
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13 (NKJV)
God works through His Word to show us that there is more. He then gives us a desire to experience this more. He then empowers us to accomplish this more. Personally, I’m excited and hopeful about what God is going to do in me, through me, and for me in 2017. This excitement and hope flows out of God showing me, from His Word, that there is more.