Hope and faith go hand in hand, and in Hebrews 11:1, we learn that faith is the substance of things hoped for. Hope is more than just a wish; it’s the confident expectation of what God has done for us.
The foundational aspect of hope lies in Jesus Christ, who died for our sins. As Romans 7:9-10, 13 points out, the wages of sin is death, and we all need redemption. We find hope through Christ, for His sacrifice offers us the promise of eternal life.
Romans 8:18-24 reminds us of the role of the Holy Spirit in our hope. The Holy Spirit is our helper and source of encouragement, enabling us to pray with hope even in challenging times. Prayerlessness can be a sign of hopelessness, for we are meant to look forward with expectation and seek God’s guidance.
Life is full of pain and trials, but as TD Jakes wisely said, one type of pain is meant to destroy us while the other is meant to heal us. True hope lies in believing that our current circumstances won’t remain unchanged. It’s a hope that sees beyond the present and trusts God’s plan.
Hope, by its nature, isn’t about what we can see; it’s about what we believe will happen. It’s the conviction that where we are now is not where we will always be. As believers, we carry within us the hope that comes from knowing Christ and trusting in His promises. So, let us not dwell in pity parties, but instead, let our hope inspire us to face each day with confidence, knowing that God is at work in our lives, bringing about transformation and renewal.