“We Have This Hope”
Posted: Tuesday, May 30
Many times we use the word “hope” interchangeably with the word wish. “I hope I get that job”, “I hope I lose 20 pounds”, “I hope the Packers win today”. But hope is really what comes when a promise is made and we rely on it. It inspires and motivates us even when the times are tough.
The Psalmist puts his “hope” in God and His word. He knows that it will shield him from the tough times in life. He can rest knowing the promises God has given in His word will come true.
The Hebrew word “Batach” is translated as trust—which in the context we are using it, it means to have confidence in God’s ability to lead and fulfill his promises. This word is used in Proverbs 3:5-6 when it says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight.” God has never broken a promise. In all his covenants with man it has always been man who has broken them. So God is trustworthy and worthy of our praise and service.
The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us that “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we cannot see. (Hebrews 11:1)” Paul says, “…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. (Romans 8:24-25)
Hope is important to everything in our lives and to our spiritual walk with the Lord. We have this “hope” of salvation. We have this “hope” of eternal life. And we know that God is faithful—no matter what comes our way our hope is justified because we are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ—that means we have a home in heaven.
It’s God’s word that brings hope, and with it, the opportunity to grow closer to Him and stronger in our faith.