When we think about hope, it’s very often “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I hope it happens.” The full assurance and hope is not a finger crossing wish- it is described in Hebrews 6:11 as a “full assurance of hope.”
God desires for each one of us to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end. That our hopes are replaced with the hope that is found in Jesus.
The Christmas season is one that is filled with a message of hope that is found in Christ Jesus, the Savior of the world! Yet, for many this time of year it’s only a magnification of the hopelessness and despair they feel inside. Whether this hopelessness comes from the loss of a loved one or a commercial life view of Christmas, the Bible has the truths about this matter. Here are a few things the Bible says about hope:
1. Hope is Never Lost
Hope is crying out to be heard, seen, and experienced
Sometimes it’s difficult to see hope in a situation. But, the Bible says that true hope is unseen. And if we can only be hopeful for one thing, such as our salvation, which is also unseen, Then we can be hopeful for other things too. It’s just that simple.
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes what they already have?Romans 8:24
2. We can be Confident in Hope
We can find rest when we confidently hope on the Lord
We have now understood that hope is unseen. But if it’s unseen, can we trust it? After all, we can trust and care we sit in or the mug for our coffee into because it’s something we can see. Likewise, there are things that we can trust without seeing. We can crush that our insurance company will cover a certain amount of losses or that baking cookies will leave a wonderful aroma in our kitchen. We are confident in the end because these are legal and natural laws. In the same way, although we can’t see it, we can be full hope. Hope assured us that we can be confident in it because it is the law of God.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.Hebrews 11:1
3. True Hope comes from God
True hope comes from God. He is the Creator of all things, including Hope
Sometimes we hope for things in which there is no hope. A car can’t bring through hope, but it can bring a feeling of contentment and exhilaration, but not real hope. Financial stability can’t bring through hope, it can bring security and a level of ease, but not true hope. A spouse can’t bring through hope because of spouses abilities are limited on what he or she can control. True hope comes from the One who created hope: God. True hope comes by trusting God even when circumstances are difficult. One way to know whether you are trusting God is whether you are both obeying his Word. Trust produces obedience, which produces hope, which results in joy and peace and that is the power of the Holy Spirit.
May the God of hope fill you with all the joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13
4. Hope is a Gift
A wonderful result in hope is delivered by the Holy Spirit of God. He gives us the power to help and that is a demonstration of God’s love for us. Hope given by him works together to give us confidence, joy, peace, power and love. That is a true gift.
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love – poured out into the hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.Romans 5:5
5. Hope Endures All
Hoping God will never lead us into despair, because He has a plan for all of us who look to Him. He has a future that is full of hope.
There is surely a future and a hope for you, and your hope will not be cut offProverbs 24:18