To hope is to desire with expectation of obtainment or to expect with confidence. Biblical hope is believing God for something that is not presently manifest. Hopelessness is the worse state a man can be in and the increasing level of suicide can be a result of this. God is God of hope and as believers, we have been called to a living hope through our faith in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Hope is an essential ingredient in our walk with God because we are saved by hope and called into the hope of glory. For without hope, there is no faith and faith only produces what we hope for.
Memory Verse: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”-1 Peters 1:3.
- Where lies our hope? (Rom. 15:3-4)
- What produces hope?
- The relationship between faith and hope
Where Lies Our Hope?
Rom. 15:3-4 says “For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”[a] 4For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.“
Many people desire and expect a lot of things from people, government, investments, friends and family but all those things can and will most likely fail us for woe is that man that put his trust in a mortal man. However, as believers, our hope is in God, in his love and His word.
Our God is all powerful and there is nothing impossible for him. Psalms 42:11. Therefore there is hope for those who put their trust in him.
The second source of true hope is God’s love. A knowing that a personal and loving God is working all things for our good. 1 Cor 13:17, Jer. 29:11
Also, our God delivers hope to us through his word. Heb. 10:23, Ps. 119:114. The scripture is a record of the struggles and victory of those who put their trust in God. We do not have to prove God every time troubles comes since the word has already been tried and proved countless time.
What Produces Hope?
Rom. 8:25 says “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” The first ingredient of hope is patience (Rom. 5:4-5). Patience is calm endurance i. e. endurance of pain, shame, suffering etc because of the strong realization of an awaiting reward. To be able to endure, until you receive your reward, you must have an encounter with the invisible. You must have a strong conviction that God is alive and that he rewards diligent seekers (Heb. 11:6) this understanding helps us to endure whatever comes our way without compromising our stand with God.
The second ingredients of hope is experience. God’s intention is that we abound in hope as we progress in our walk with God and this
is Only possible through experience. Through patience, we begin to experience God’s supply and faithfulness. These series of experience increase our hope and strengthens our faith.
However, before these experiences, our hope is based on the fact that we could experience God’s faithfulness but after those experiences, there is shift in our belief from ”we can experience God’s faithfulness” to ”we can experience God’s faithfulness again and again“. Experiencing God’s faithfulness produces in us a strength and a depth of hope that a novice can’t understand or appreciate Rom. 5:4, Phil. 4:19.