Thursday, February 18, 2021

Hoping For Hope?

"For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope."
Romans 15:4 (NKJV)

When people struggle with something in their life, they naturally want to find a way out of the situation.  However, there are times when people do not know what to do and they find themselves feeling hopeless and helpless.  These people are sometimes hoping for hope, in the sense that because they are at a loss for what to do, they are just wishing something would change to make things better.  Unfortunately, the only thing that usually happens in this situation is a continuation of the problem.

There are many people today who are just hoping for hope and living in a hopeless situation.  The problem is that these people are often just wishing something would change, but they have no basis for any hope.  The Bible speaks about hope, and it is more than just wishful thinking.  When the Bible talks about hope, as in Romans 15:4, it is really referring to a positive expectation.  Real Bible based hope is a positive expectation, a joyful anticipation, that has God's Word as its foundation.

God has given us His Word to give us hope, a positive expectation for solutions to the difficulties we face in life.  What we see in the Bible helps us to have hope, a positive expectation, that God is working in our life, He has given us His Spirit, and He will help us in every situation.  We don't have to be like so many people who are only wishing things would somehow change and are hoping for some hope, with God we can have a positive outlook for the future and know that whatever we face God is there to help us!

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