A Devotion about Hope
One of my favorite verses about hope is Hebrews 10:23 - "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful (NIV)." This verse has personally helped me get through the last month or so, since it really speaks to me.
- Psalm 25:3 - "No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame..." (NIV)
- Hebrews 6:19 - "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain," (NIV) What I love about this verse is how it talks about the inner sanctuary, which refers to the temple in Jerusalem. The inner sanctuary is where God's presence dwelt until Jesus died on the cross and the veil was torn in two. Basically, God's presence is safety, and when we spend time with God, we have access to hope, which will keep our souls secure - much like a ship anchored in safety at sea.
- Hebrews 11:1 - "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."(NIV) Something that we can see from this verse is that we can't really expect to have lasting hope without faith. Obviously, faith is just as important as hope.
- 1 Corinthians 13:13 - "And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love." (NIV) This verse backs up what Hebrews 11:1 says about faith, but it also adds emphasis on love being important when striving for more hope.
- Romans 8:24-25, 28 - "For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently... And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (NIV) Now faith has a larger connection with hope, since it reminds us that faith is vital if we are going to have legitimate hope in something that can't be what we already have in front of us.
- Romans 12:12 - "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." (NIV) Here, hope helps sustain us during suffering.
- Romans 5:5 - "And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." (NIV)
Faith, hope, and love are closely related and necessary for us as Christians to have a good life that is focused on God's kingdom and not our own. Without these three, we can not get through life without a tremendous amount of doubt and unhappiness. Hope is something we should all strive for, and I believe that most people do really desire hope. Hope, along with love and faith, can keep us going along our paths in life. If we don't have something to hope for or put our hope and faith in, what are we going to do when life gets complicated?
So, I encourage you to ask yourself what you put your hope in or what you are hoping for. If you don't put your hope in anything, then let me recommend the greatest giver of hope: Jesus. I can personally testify that He will help you through anything that you're facing right now, and He will be the only One that will never let you down. If that isn't a reason to have hope, then I don't know what is.
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