“Hope is a confident expectation of a favorable outcome.” – (Pastor Jon MacIntosh) In Christ, whom is the Source of ALL hope, we find confidence in knowing that the ultimate outcome is good. We know Who wins in the end, and we have the blessed assurance that our eternity will be spent in His presence.
It is easy to blur the lines between wishing and hoping. A wish is really just a want, that is not backed by confident expectation in Christ. Our hopes, dreams and desires need to align with His, and hope in Him, ought to be “the lens through which we view our future”. (PJM) When we see where He is calling us to go, we move in confident expectation that He will meet us every step of the way, and provide all that is needed to accomplish what He has asked.
In the throes of life’s storms, though I often cannot see the security of the shore, I have hope in Christ, as I know that He is my anchor, steadfast and secure. He will not allow me to get lost, nor to drift beyond a place where He can safely bring me back to shore. My hope in Him is not deterred by wind and waves, as my heart is tethered to His.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – (Isaiah 40:31)
let us hope in the Lord.
He is mighty to save,
our strength in one accord.
Expect that He will use,
everything for our good;
even our great struggles,
make His grace understood.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are our Hope. Thank You that in You, we need not fear, regardless of what surrounds us. Thank You that You are the anchor that keeps us secure through all of life’s storms, and that You are our peace when chaos seems to reign. Forgive us for allowing the weight of the world to hinder our hope, and help us to hold our every hope in You – not in what surrounds us. Thank You that our ultimate outcome will be far beyond favorable, as eternity with You, is more than our hearts can currently hold. Help us to live in love, looking through Your lens of hope, so that others too, may see that true hope is found in You. May many come to find hope in You during this blessed season of remembering. Be glorified in all that we say and do. Amen.
For more verses on HOPE (per sermon notes from yesterday):
Romans 8:24 (hope saves)
I John 3:3 (hope purifies)
Hebrews 6:13 (hope anchors us)
I Thessalonians 1:3 (hope inspires)
Psalm 62:5 (hope comes from God)
2 Thessalonians 2:16 (hope is good)
Titus 2:13 (hope is blessed)
Hebrews 7:19 (hope is better)
I Peter 1:3 (hope is living)
I Corinthians 13:13 (hope is enduring)
Ephesians 1:8 (we are called to hope)
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