Hope

By Jennifer Moreno

Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

The word hope in the Bible has a different meaning from the secular world. Hope in the secular version means to cherish a desire with anticipation and in most cases it is filled with doubt that it will ever happen. For instance, “I hope everything goes well,” or “I hope so.”

But the word hope in the Bible means to have confidence and assurance that what we desire, what we hope for will be done and G-d will fulfill His Word with no doubt or question.

Take a look at Psalm 147:11 – “the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” The LORD delights in those who put their hope in Him. The Bible also says that when your hope is deferred, your heart gets sick, but a longing fulfilled is the tree of life.

Sometimes we lose hope and we think things won’t work out the way we want them to. But don’t be discouraged, G-d knows what you need even before you say it. He knows your hurts and what you’re going through. My best advice is to put your hope in the LORD and patiently wait for Him to open a way or cause a change. If it is G-d’s will for your life, it will be done.

Hope and faith go hand in hand. Hebrews 11:6 says “It is impossible to please G-d without faith.” Just imagine that for a second, when we’re doubtful and constantly worried, we are not pleasing G-d by any means. We’re not showing confidence that we believe in His Word.

It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and too old. She believed that G-d would keep his promise. Like 1 Corinthians 1:9 says – ” God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

The road may be long, the journey may be tough, but the moment you quit is the moment you fail. Hold on to those promises from G-d, remember what he did for Sarah, for Abraham with his son Isaac and promising him descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky. Remember what He did for the people of Israel when they went through the Red Sea as if they were walking on ground and delivered from Egypt. Keep those things in mind, if He did it for them, why wouldn’t He do it for you?

So I leave you with this verse so that you may remember the kind of hope you should have.

Hebrews 6:19- “This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.”

May God bless you all, Amen!

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