I’m excited about this wonderful gift—the Gift of Hope. We sometimes say that the last thing we should give up is hope. I would venture to say that we should never give up hope, especially if we have put our faith in God. Whatever your circumstances, how dark life might seem, there will always be a ray of hope.
Let me give you some gold nuggets of HOPE before we exit with a crescendo that will reverberate through eternity.
Hope: No one whose hope is in [God] will ever be put to shame.
Hope: My hope is in [God] all day long.
Hope: We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
Hope: Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
Hope: The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Now we come to the best part—the Hope that no one can take away from us. If you have Christ in you, then you have the Hope of Glory. The apostle Paul calls it the Blessed Hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
However dark the clouds loom on the horizon; when things look the way they are, going from bad to worse, we can look up and “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”
What is our Blessed Hope? Jesus is coming back! He is preparing room for us in heaven. As he said to his first disciples, in his Father’s house there are many mansions, and he went there to prepare us room.
“Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.”
What an incredible gift! So, my dear friend, “Be joyful in hope.”
God makes a promise
Faith believes it
Hope anticipates it
Patience quietly awaits it
Rejoice in the HOPE that Jesus is coming back soon!
(Scriptures: Psalm 25:3,5; 33:20; 62:5-6; 147:11; Proverbs 13:12; Col 1:27; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 10:23; 1 John 3:3; Romans 12:12.)