Live In Hope
Live in Hope (1 Peter 1:3-6)
Do you need encouragement?
Peterís words offer joy and hope in times of trouble, and he bases his confidence on what God has done for us in Christ Jesus. Weíre called into a living hope of eternal life. Our hope is not only for the future ; eternal life begins when we believe in God and join his family. The eternal life we now have gives us hope and enables us to live with confidence in God.
Trapped (John 5: 6)
Jesus appropriately asked, "Do you want to be made well?" After 38 years, this manís problem had become a way of life. No one had ever helped him. He had no hope of ever being healed and no desire to help himself. No matter how trapped you feel in your infirmities, God can minister to your deepest needs. Donít let a problem or hardship cause you to lose hope. God many have special work for you to do in spite of your condition, or even because of it. Many have ministered to hurting people because they have triumphed, with Godís help, over their own hurts.
Hope (Isaiah 22:13-14)
The people said, "Let us eat and drink" because they had given up hope. Today, we see people giving up hope as well. There are two common responses to hopelessness: despair and self Ėindulgence. But this life is not all there is, so we should not act as if we have no hope. The proper response is to turn to God and trust in his promise of a perfect and just future in the new world he will create.
Never-ending Hope (Job 17:15)
Job gave up hope of any future restoration of wealth and family, and he wrapped himself in thoughts of death and the rest from grief and pain it promised. The rewards Jobís friends mentioned all were related to this present life. They were silent about the possibility of life after death. We must be careful to avoid viewing life only in terms of this present world, because God promises the faithful a never-ending future.
Hope (Joshua 10:25)
With Godís help, Israel won the battle against five armies. Such a triumph was part of Godís daily business as he worked with his people for victory. Joshua told his men never to be afraid, because God would give them similar victories over all their enemies. God has often protected us and won victories in our lives. The same God who empowered Joshua and who has led us in the past will help us with our present and future needs. Reminding ourselves of his help in the past will give us hope for the struggles that lie ahead.
Growth (Leviticus 26:40-45)
These verses show what God meant when he said he is long-suffering. Even if the Israelites chose to disobey and were scattered among the heathen, God would still give them the opportunity to repent and return to him. His purpose was not to disobey them, but to help them grow. Our day to day experiences and hardships are sometimes overwhelming, unless we can see that Godís purpose is to bring about continual growth in us, we may give up. To retain hope while we suffer shows we understand Godís merciful ways of relating to his people.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.