What a crazy few weeks it’s been. I’ve missed talking to you and sharing my heart. I pray that you’ve been blessed and well. I was thinking about how much we use the term, “I hope”. We hope for change, blessings, that we get something or get to do something. The list goes on and on. But could you imagine if we flipped the script and instead of “hope” we said, “I pray”.
Now I am guilty of this myself. I feel like when we say “I hope” we are placing our hope in that thing we’re hoping for. When we “hope” it is saying what we think should happen or in a motivational sense. Rather if we say “I pray” we are placing our hope in Christ. Giving him our situations, hearts, thoughts, and so on. We can use this word in such a variety of ways.
“Hope is more than wishing things will work out. It is resting in the God who holds all things in his wide and powerful hands.” — Paul David Tripp
It is important we understand how the word “hope” is used in scripture or in its gospel sense. Also, knowing how we use it day by day is important. There is biblical hope and just using hope in our own terms. So let’s break down the two.
Biblical hope is set more upon a foundation than a wish for something. It’s deeper than our moral expectation, it’s more than a motivation for a choice or action. It’s a confident expectation of a guaranteed result that changes the way you live. Biblical hope is confident. That’s because it’s not based upon your self ways, but upon God’s ways. And he is who he says he is. He is constant and hope in him is well placed and secure.
Hope is an expectation of a guaranteed result. It’s being sure God will do all that he has planned and promised to do. It’s not knowing or understanding what is going on, but still having hope, because hope doesn’t rest upon own understanding, but upon God. He rules all and he is so good.
True hope changes how we live. We don’t rest upon our own understanding, but we live in courage and confidence. We make choices of faith that seem silly to someone who doesn’t share the same kind of hope. If you are a child of God, you have no need to live hopelessly. Hope has came and given us a life of grace, his name is Jesus!
I pray this message has blessed you. I pray that each blog written has impacted you in even the smallest way. Feel free to share this with your friends, social media, or anyone you feel that needs uplifting today.
Here are some scriptures for extra encouragment:
May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
May he send you help from the sanctuary
and give you support from Zion!
May he remember all your offerings
and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices!
May he grant you your heart’s desire
and fulfill all your plans!
May we shout for joy over your salvation,
and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!
Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with the saving might of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.
O Lord, save the king!
May he answer us when we call.”