Are you hopeful?
Martin Luther wrote, “Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.”
If everything is “done by hope”, maybe we need to take a closer look at what that means.
Hope is defined as…
- Believing that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.
- Looking ahead with desire and reasonable confidence.
- Anticipating something and expecting fulfillment.
- Trusting that the future will be bright.
There is an old expression that says…
A man can live about 40 days without food,
About 3 days without water,
About 8 minutes without air,
But not for 1 second without hope!
Hope helps us endure when life is hard. Hope believes things will get better. Hope gives us the courage to get out of bed on our bad days. Hope looks to God for the possible even when it seems impossible.
So, let me ask again . . . are you hopeful?
I think I am.
But I would also say that I’m honest about life. I know it can be a painful difficult journey. I know that everyone you and I meet has fought, is fighting now, or will fight in the future . . . a hard-to-endure battle.
That’s why I believe it’s important to maintain hope.
Hope is that thing that sustains and strengthens us. Of course, that depends on where we get and where we center our hope.
So, I turned to Scripture and found…
5 Things to Remember to Help You Maintain Hope
1. Remember that God always keeps His promises.
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise.Hebrews 10:23
2. Remember that God is the God of possibilities.
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”Matthew 19:26
3. Remember that nothing can separate us from God’s love.
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:39
4. Remember the hope we have in Christ Jesus will never lead to disappointment.
This hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Romans 5:5–6
5. Remember God’s love never fails.
For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation.Psalm 100:5
Repeat the following with your name in the blank…
God’s love never fails _________!
You and I can foolishly put our hope in all kinds of things; beauty, charm, knowledge, position, power, wealth, and other people.
Those things eventually fail.
But the hope we have in Christ Jesus lasts forever. Our hope in Jesus is the assurance that—God always keeps His promises because His love never fails.
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13
A Prayer to Maintain Hope
Father, Your Word is full of Your promises . . . promises that tell me You are who You say You are and do what You say You will do. You promise that Your grace is sufficient for whatever I am going through. (2 Corinthians 12:9) You promise that Your Spirit is with me and within me. (Romans 8:11) You promise that nothing can separate me from Your love. (Romans 8:38–39)
Father, I thank and praise You. Because of Your constant unfailing love, because of Your grace, mercy, and love . . . because of Jesus, I can maintain hope as I go through life’s highs and lows.
Please forgive me for the times I have placed my hope in things that cannot last. Forgive me for giving in to doubt and worry. I am so sorry.
You alone are worthy of my complete trust. That’s why I can proclaim with Job, “I know that You can do anything and no one can stop You . . . I had only heard about You before but now I have seen You with my own eyes.” (Job 42:1, 5)
I have placed my hope in You and by Your grace, I will live each day trusting the hope-filled future You have prepared for me. I love you, my Lord and Savior. I thank and praise Your holy name. Amen.
Rick Warren wrote:
“What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that His grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God.”
Faith and hope go hand in hand. When we need hope . . . may we run to God’s promises asking Him to strengthen our faith through His Word and Spirit.
May the Lord be with you, bless you, and fill you with the peace and joy of Jesus so that you might maintain hope even when life is hard.
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