What do we hope for?
As children we may hope for a special birthday celebration. As youth we may hope our team wins the big game. As adults we may hope for a successful career and, later in life, a comfortable retirement. As Christians, what do we hope for? How are our hopes linked to our faith?
The Bible is pretty clear as to where our hope comes from: God. He is our hope.
Hope and faith are intertwined, and hope's effectiveness is dependent on the strength of our faith. Hope enables us to look to God instead of ourselves. Faith is knowing God is ever-present in our lives:
When we are overwhelmed – The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 NIV
During joyous times –Sing joyfully to the Lord . . . . Psalm 33:1a NIV
When we praise him - For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord. Psalm 117:2 NIV
When we long for him – May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:22 NIV
This faith gives us hope that all our needs will be met. I have faith that God will provide. I have faith that he will see me through whatever falls on my path. I have faith that he provides the hope of salvation through Jesus Christ. So, are things ever hopeless? No, not as long as we are faithful and allow God to be our hope.
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:5 NIV