Obtaining Hope

What is Hope?

Webster defines hope as to trust, reliance and/or desire with expectation of fulfillment. Our hope is generated from what and who we believe in. How many times do we place emphasis in our own abilities or expectations in others and yet the desired fulfillment is never reached?

God’s desire is for us to have a “believing hope” in Him. In order to trust someone, we have to believe in the character of the person and/or the actions that support their nature. Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” God wants us to have an expectation in Him so He can continue to reveal Himself to each of us personally.

Romans 15:13 states “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” As we continue to place our trust, reliance and expectation in God, He in turn fills our hearts with an overflow of hope that is accompanied by His joy and peace as we place our trust in Him. We must realize that our hope is not conjured up by anything we can do, but only by placing our expectation in God and Him alone.

Hope is what gives the soul, body and spirit, life and God is the Author of life. He longs not only to reveal His character of who He is to you, but also desires to give you life in the fullest. If we are to obtain our hope from God, then why do we so quickly lose our hope when we are faced with adversity? I believe we will find the answer in the following scripture. Psalm 55:22 states “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Too often, what sucks the life and hope out of us is when we try to carry life’s burdens by our own strength.

To cast you cares on the LORD means that you are placing your faith and hope in Him to handle the situation that you are facing. You also recognize who He is. He is the Almighty One, the Sufficient One, and the One who can handle every situation that we face. He is the One who will sustain you. Sustaining realizes that our hope not only comes from Him but also is in Him and not in our own abilities, gifts, talents, or strengths. He is the One who is going to be our Source. He will be the One to move us from point A to point B. In conclusion, we see the promise of God’s faithfulness when we place our hope in Him. He will never let the righteous fall. God’s people, who seek Him, trust Him and who put their hope in Him will never be put to shame. The promise of His faithfulness is to handle the situation that is at hand in our lives for our good and His glory. Trust Him, He won’t fail you!

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