Hope

Jesus in the Hope that changes our worthless into priceless, our guilty to forgiven, our hungry into satisfied, and our empty into full.  His presence is inescapable.  Many dismiss him, but the Bible assures us that we can’t get away from Him.  David said in Psalm 139:8-10: “If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in the hell, You are there.  If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the utter most parts of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, Your right hand will hold me.”
The Bible also tells us in the New Testament that Jesus Christ sits at the right hand of God the Father in heaven, and that He “holds us.”  Think about that thought.  The Hope that holds us is Jesus Christ.
 
You and I are held by Hope!
 
In the Old Testament, God told Joshua that He would “never leave or forsake” him.  Joshua 1:5  God says the same to us.  He will never leave us or forsake us; no matter the circumstances, no matter the diagnoses, no matter the financial struggle.  Our faithful Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8.  We can breathe deep knowing that in everything we are held by Hope.  If our future is not secured and satisfied by God, then we are going to be excessively anxious.  This results either in paralyzing fear or in self-managed, greedy control.  We end up thinking about ourselves, our future, our problems, and our potential, and that keeps us from loving.  When God satisfies us so deeply that we’re free to love other people then he becomes more manifest.  And that’s what we want above all.  So the essence of what we look to in the Bible to build our hope is, “what has Christ done for me in my sinful condition that enables me to know that I will not come in to judgement and condemnation and that all things are working together for my good?”  And the answer is: “Christ died for me, rose again for me, and therefore all the promises of God are yes in Him.”
 
So let’s take our focus off our circumstances and focus on Christ, look to the promises and hold fast to them.  Hope comes from the promises of God rooted in the work of Jesus Christ.

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