Have you ever had high hopes for something you really wanted? As church planters, my husband and I hoped that many people would come to Christ right away and that our house church would grow quickly. Instead, we sat in our living room with our team mates week after week wondering if the doorbell would ring. It almost never did. We wondered what on earth God was up to and if we were out of our minds.
We prayed and hoped for a breakthrough, and we rejoiced when it came.
We place our hope in many things that may or may not happen.
College graduates hope for a high-paying job. Business executives hope for a promotion. Athletes hope they’ll win the race. Newlyweds hope they’ll live happily ever after. When our hopes go unmet, disappointment knocks on our door.
As followers of Jesus, we have an evergreen hope that is sure.
We hope in His death and resurrection. We hope in a loving Heavenly Father who cares for us and is always at work for our good. We walk in faith, and we hope for what we do not always see.
When the future looks uncertain, we hope in the good plans God has for us.
When discouragement knocks, we hope in His promises.
When we have questions, we hope in God’s wisdom.
When we pray, we hope in God’s answers.
When we suffer, we have the hope of heaven and our glorious future with Christ.
Hope is a supernatural gift that God gives to strengthen us and help us on our way. As God pours His Holy Spirit into our hearts, hope sprouts up and grows like a green plant.
If hope is a supernatural gift, how about asking God for more of it?
Now it’s your turn: Are you hoping for anything today?