The world's sense of hope is much different than the hope found in the heart and mind of the person of genuine faith. The hope of the world is just an emotion or positive outlook. It is wishing all will go well. This hope is based on nothing. There is no confidence or assurance in the hope of the world.
But with biblical hope, our hope is in God. It is not by chance, it is not something wished for. The hope that a genuine woman of faith has within her is assurance, it is confidence for the moment and for the future. This hope is a divine gift that God offers to us through His Son, Jesus Christ; but we must ask to receive this gift of hope.
It has been said that, "We can live about 40 days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but we can live only one second without hope."
Christian hope...what is it?
For most, it is just an emotion or positive outlook on a situation. When life hits hard and disappointment sets in. In spite of it all, people "hope" things will turn out well. As nice as this sounds, it is very far from the biblical meaning of hope.
Biblical hope is a divine gift that God offers the world through His Son Jesus.
So how does a person grasp and receive this precious gift of hope?
The woman at the well thought that she was without hope.
The women with the issue of blood, thought all hope was gone.
Hope was found nailed to a cross...
After Christ suffered an agonizing death, for our sin, it happened. The disciples did not expect it. On the third day after His death, "Hope" stepped out of the grave. Hope stepped from the darkness of Calvary, and hope now lives!
No longer do the chains of sin hold us, no longer does the past haunt us, for Christ has paid for our sin and we are now free. We live in hope! This hope does not come from words on a page, or somehow conjured up by our own will, this hope comes from within. When Christ comes to live within us, the Holy Spirit fills us with hope.
As Paul met Christ on that road to Damascus, so we too meet Christ and become new! Darkness is gone, the hold of sin is broken, the world and it's hold is released. This world may steal our happiness at times, but never our inner joy and hope. We will endure suffering and heartache, but hope will still live within us.
From now until forever - we live with hope! Praise God.
Thank You Jesus.