It was 106 degrees in Bakersfield yesterday. So I am hoping for cooler weather very soon. What are you hoping for? Financial security? A stable career? A satisfying marriage? Family harmony? As believers, we can get caught up in the false hope offered by the world. Each year, approximately 23 million Americans claim to struggle from anxiety disorders, 17.5 million with clinical depression, and 530,000 actually attempt suicide and many others endure the daily pain of fear and hopelessness.
Many have found their search for hope is futile and they will never get what they want. Romans 8:24 reminds us “hope that is seen is no hope at all.” The remedy is to focus on what God guarantees. We can find comfort and joy in what is true and reliable: God’s hope.
God’s true biblical hope God is the only for sure hope we can obtain as explained in Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” When we hope in God and fix our eyes on His promises, we can cling to the divine assurance of Scripture. Because God always keeps his promises, we can be confident our hope will never be disappointed. This Christ-centered hope must be the foundation of our lives, and when it is properly understood and applied, it affects every single area of our lives. We fall down and we rise up, but God’s promises are forever. When all you have is hope, you have everything you need: the promises of God and the power of the all-sufficient Savior.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the hope you offer through life in your son. I want to stand firm on your promises. Thank you that when I hope in you, I will not be disappointed. In Jesus’ name, amen.