Updated: Jan 3
Hope in the Lord builds your faith when you are weak!
(Psalm 119:49-50 ESV) '49 Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope. 50 This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.'
Lord, remember Your Word to your servant because Your Word is the very thing that gives me hope. When I am going through my most difficult of days, your promise to me is the only thing that replenishes my life. Hope is defined as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to come to pass. Biblical hope foundation is based on faith in God. Basically, what God says to you or promises you, you can have hope in. Why? Because the Lord is going to fulfill His promise. Scripture tells us in (Numbers 23:19 ESV) '19 God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?' This is the very reason the Word of God gives us hope because the person (God Himself) fulfilling the promise will make sure that His Word is fulfilled.
The way hope is used today in conversational talk, hope has a negative doubtful undertone associated with it. For example, "I hope the people are nice to me tomorrow." When used in this manner, no firm promise can be associated with it. It is good for us to understand, as Christians, hope only has the assurance of being fulfilled when the person fulfilling it is trustworthy. That is specifically why Biblical hope is so important to us as Christians. With God fulfilling the promises that He made to us, we can be assured that our hope that is based on Him will be fulfilled as long as we stay faithful. Biblical hope is not based on doubt or guessing. It is based on expectations given to us by the Lord.
(1 Timothy 4:10 NLT) '10 This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.'
I was very thankful when I first learned the difference between Biblical hope and the way I use to use the word hope. Because hope was always a word that contained some form of doubt. I never even thought of it in the Biblical sense before I became Christian. When I first learned about Biblical hope, it actually confused me because I didn't quite grasp the concept that biblical hope was based on the Lord backing it. As a matter of fact, I could not understand why the word hope was used in the Bible because doubt was always attached to it. So, in my mind, how can you have hope and faith working in conjunction with each other? With a little more study, I finally understood how powerful the Biblical version of hope truly is. Like scripture tells us in (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV) ' Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.'
Challenge yourself to pray and read God's Word on a daily basis. As you start to understand it, start acting out on what it says. Then you will truly see the blessing of the Word of God in your life.
Ask your Heavenly Father to help you to understand His Word and give you the wisdom and understanding needed to act upon it.
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