God's Powerful Gift of Hope
"For there is hope for a tree if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its tender shoots will not cease. Though its root may grow old in the earth, and its stump may die in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant." Job 14:7-9
Do you have high hopes and expectations in God for your future? Or do you usually expect negative or disappointing things to happen, wondering what’s going to go wrong next? God doesn’t respond to a negative attitude or self-pity. He works through faith, but we need to have faith before we even have hope. We all have experienced hopelessness at some point in our lives. Regardless of who we are or what our situation, without hope in God, human life may exist, but it will not be alive.
The Bible calls God, the God of hope; He is the ground work of expectation. Hope is a gift from God to be experienced; it is confident expectation of what we know is sure to come to pass because it is based on His finished work. Hope is a life giving emotion necessary and important to effectively live life with a sense of purpose; it keeps us focused, persistent and patient.
Hope should not be humanistic hope for things being different and for everything to go our way because it won’t. When we see the provision in the promise of God, our human hope shifts to scriptural hope. Scriptural hope says God can and God will. Scriptural hope says, “…rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:2. The glory of God is His results. For believers, the glory of God is receiving and releasing the Holy Spirit for supernatural peace, plenty, power, total provision and continuous supply that has already been provided by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
True hope is a discipline, a determination to believe in God’s power and what He says in His Word, even when the world seems to be crashing down around us. The key to surviving any challenge us hope. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11. Take all we ask or think and surrender it to the Lord; He knows how to fulfill His promises told to us in the Bible and He knows the path for us to take (Psalm 62:5, Proverbs 23:18.).
Rejoicing in hope is an attitude; a statement of our innermost being, knowing God is in perfect control and all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28). We are to rejoice always, not allowing circumstances to cause rejoicing to cease. When we choose an attitude of rejoicing, it affects our outlook, disposition and our relationship with others. Rejoicing helps us to ignore challenging times, knowing they are not permanent, but designed for trusting the Lord and for new opportunities to unfold (I Thessalonians 5:18).
Loss of hope without faith changes our lives. We’ll shift from living of joy and creativeness to living a life of sensual pleasures…over indulgence of food or alcoholic beverages, misusage of smoking or prescription medications, over spending or excess entertainment. Seeds of anger, disappointment, hurt, discouragement, frustration, bitterness or resentment need to be released to the Lord. When we bury destructive seeds and allow them to control our lives, they chip away at our hope, create more difficulties and eventually become physical pain.
“Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation (challenges); continuing instant in prayer…”Romans 12:12 is possible to obey when we have the revelation it is by God’s abundant mercy that He caused us to live again by a lively hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (I Peter 1:3). Lively-living hope is a human choice to believe in Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit; making this choice makes us. Lively-living hope is the awareness of the Holy Spirit as our helper; it will cause our expectations to live in hope. Lively-living hope is not something that happens by outer circumstances, but it is releasing the Holy Spirit to be our constant source of hope.
Heavenly Father, my hope is alive because You are alive in me by the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, I know that because of You, I live in a quickened body that responds to people, life and events according to the truth of Jesus’ sayings. What a privilege it is to be a container and an expressor of Your life that flows through me. I say this to so by Jesus Christ’s Name. Amen!