Rejoicing in Hope

By Scarlett Stough

Hope, along with love and faith are the three greatest gifts God gives to his children (1 Corinthians 13:13). Without hope, people give up on life, either settling for mere existence or ending life, their own or the lives of others.

Hope is not mere wishful thinking. Hope is based in the expectation that the hope will be fulfilled. If I put aside ten dollars a week, eventually I will have saved enough money to replace a worn out car. That's hope. If I go to college and study and graduate, I will have a degree that will qualify me for a job. That's hope. If someone trustworthy gives me a check, I am hoping I can put that amount in my account.

Genuine hope has a foundation in the trustworthiness of a person or an institution or even one's own diligent efforts.

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator of the world is the God of all hope. Only he can guarantee the fulfillment of the promises he has made. Convincing yourself God does not exist won't make him go away. Harassing those who believe in him will not make him go away. Killing his Son did not make him go away; he brought Jesus back to life and accepted his death as payment for the sins (rebellion against him) of all who would submit to his rightful authority and accept his love that never fails. When we hope in God and hope in the resurrection, we are placing our hope in a certainty.

Our hope cannot be destroyed by adversity or even the death of our bodies. We have a sure promise, guaranteed by the resurrection of Jesus the Christ, of a place in eternity with Jesus.

We do not have to fear the wrath of God because Jesus turned his wrath away from those who believe in him. He does not want us to perish. Without faith in him, we will most certainly perish whether from old age or prematurely from another cause.

We don't have to fear that God will give up on us. He made us a promise: "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6).

And also:

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 5:10-11

Don't fear the troubles of this world. Our God will finish what he started. He has overcome the evils of this world. He is coming soon, in his time. Our God is faithful, keeping his promises. Hope on!

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