Hope is such an essential ingredient in life. I recently heard a medical person speaking on a program about depression. He mentioned that at its root depression could be traced to a loss of hope. Hope is that ingredient that gets us up in the morning. Hope is far more than just a wish or a desire. Imagine, for a moment, that you are travelling on a ship. The ship begins to sink, and you realise that you are facing certain tragedy. Everyone wishes and desires to be saved from that situation, but that does not change anything. Then you hear that a passing ship is on its way to your stricken vessel. Suddenly you have hope in something beyond the horizon, something beyond yourself, that can step into a hopeless situation and rescue you. That is hope. For Christians, hope is a confident assurance deep within us and it is rooted in our expectation that God will do what He has promised and that we can depend on His faithfulness.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance (confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen.
Ultimately hope is something that comes from God and is planted in our hearts by Him.
Romans 15:13 ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises.’
Finally hope is an anchor in our lives.
Hebrews 6:19 This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip, and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it] – a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells].
Hope connects us to God. Our lives are better with God because we can have real hope.
WITH GOD IN OUR LIVES, WE HAVE A HELPER.
There is a hymn with the following line: ‘Oh God our help in ages past, our hope for years to come.’ God is a Helper; His desire is to help us. Sooner or later we all need some help. One of the Names of God means helper. Eleazar means ‘God is my Helper’. It comes from two Hebrew words – ‘el’, which means ‘God’ or ‘all powerful’, and ‘ezer’ which means ‘help’. It is part of God’s nature and character to extend help to us. The Lord wants to be your ‘Eleazar’.
Psalm 46:1 ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.’
Isaiah 41:10 ‘Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.’
Our lives are better with God in them because we have a Helper in Him, and He will help us
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