For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.
Romans 15:4 NIV
Last week we talked about fear. What almost always follows fear, HOPE!
Hope and Faith go hand in hand. When you have faith you are sure to have hope. And when you have hope you will almost always have to have a little faith to really see your hope come to light.
What is hope?
Webster’s dictionary describes it as, “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.”
I think that it is having faith. Hope is knowing that God has it all under control and he is using the current situation (good or bad) to further his will and to make us better people.
Jacob had to have hope when his brothers sold him into slavery. David had to have hope when he faced Goliath and later on when Saul came after him. Jonah had to have hope when they threw him over the side of the boat. The disciples had to have Hope as they crucified Jesus.
The bible is filled with hope. In fact, every single story throughout the bible has Hope in it.
Right now I’d like for you to take a moment and listen to the song, “Confidence” by Sanctus Real
In the song it says, “I’m not a warrior, I’m too afraid to lose, I feel unqualified for what you’re calling me to, But Lord with your strength I’ve got no excuse.’Cause broken people are exactly who you use.”
Then it jumps into the chorus.
So give me faith like Daniel in the lion’s den,
Give me hope like Moses in the wilderness
Give me a heart like David, Lord be my defense
So I can face my giants with confidence
The song goes on to talk about some of the trials that have been faced by people of the bible.
You might not realize it but you and I are facing some of the same trails today.
In a way, our faith is tried. It has become almost unheard of for people to talk about their faith in public, and especially not at work. Don’t even try to bring up your faith in a school, there will surely be hell to pay if you do that.
Our hearts are being tried every day as we see what the “twisted” media shows us what is happening around the world.
And our hope is being tried every day by Satan as he tries to get us to doubt our belief in God and his creation. Through “Science.” Yet for every scientific discovery that shows how this could have happened, God fires back with how it really happened.
The whole point to this is that Hope is a major part of our lives and it involves our Faith and our Hearts.
Lord God, we come to you today to say thank you. Thank you for giving us HOPE. Thank you for helping us to see how our faith can make a difference. God, we pray that you would give us the strength to show our faith in every aspect of our lives. We pray that you will help us to see hope in every situation we are in. No matter where we are or how dark it might seem, it helps us to see the light of hope that guides us to the truth. God, we are so grateful for everything that you have done for us and everything that you will do for us. And God we pray that you will give us faith like Daniel in the lion’s den, Give us hope like Moses in the wilderness. Give us a heart like David, Lord be our defense so we can face our giants with confidence.
Will you pray with us?
Mankind throughout the world throughout our current situation
All Law enforcement and emergency response personnel
For all military personal serving our country and their families
Those in Leadership positions throughout the world