Discipleship

HOPE

Hope. Photo Credit: quotesgram.com

Hope. Photo Credit: quotesgram.com

“For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience”. Romans 8:24-25

Every person in this world will go through some tough times. As you read this article, it could be that you are already in the storm and started to doubt yourself if you can survive it; it could be also that you are carrying a burden so heavy or facing some difficulty that you feel losing your way. Don’t give up yet. Just because things are not happening according to what you want them to be doesn’t mean that they wont happen.

“If God is for us, who can be against us” (Rom 8:31)? If God is on your side, how sure is that hope!

Most people understand hope as wishful thinking, as in “I hope something will happen.” This is not what the Bible means by hope. The biblical definition of hope is “confident expectation.” Hope is a firm assurance regarding things that are unclear and unknown (Romans 8:24-25; Hebrews 11:1, 7). One does not hope for something that he or she has already received (although one will hope that what one has will be continually granted).

“Hoping in spite of hopeless circumstances, he believed that he would become “the father of many nations,” just as he had been told: “This is how many descendants you will have.” Romans 4:18

Why would Abraham continue to hope when he has no reason for hoping? He was already close to ninety-nine years old and his wife Sarah is close to ninety – way, way, past the child-bearing age. The answer lies in who gave him the promise – God himself. Even when our natural hope is dead, in the midst of our hopeless circumstances, things can still change because this is where our spiritual hope begins to operate. After all, God created everything out of nothing. God does not lie and most importantly, God alone is trustworthy. So when God made a promise or gave an assurance, you can be certain that it will come to pass. Abraham understood this and he believed; he has this kind of belief that conquers, that can overcome difficulties. That is why Abraham received what has been promised to him.

Aside from faith and love, it’s one of those few things that will last when all else have ended. Hope is an absolute word – an unequivocal certainty, a guarantee without a doubt.

Because he hoped, it changed Abraham’s life;  I have no doubt it will change ours.

 

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