“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).
“We’re all going to be hopeless today,” I declared.
My students responded with smiles and giggles–because I stated a fact. Their classmate, Hope, was absent. I seized the opportunity to be playful while sharing a truth.
“We’re never without God’s hope.”
If that’s true, then why do we feel so hopeless at times? Some of us face illness or pain with no end in sight.
When I was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) I hoped for a cure. And hung all my confidence on medical researchers and specialists. The older I get, the less likely it is that I’ll benefit from a cure.
So hope fades . . .
But what if we could tap into a resource of unlimited hope? I found just the thing while driving in my neighborhood, searching for signs of spring.
There’s a tiny bud. There’s a sprouting flower. There’s a hope hedge.
What! Did I just see that
I turned my car around to snap a picture. It was the perfect reminder that hope isn’t something we have to muster up. It flows from our living God.
Doctors can offer me few assurances–except that my MS will progress. It will continue to impact my life and my family. While changes are certain, God is unchanging. My situation doesn’t change who He is: my loving Father.
God’s Word offers hope that is living and abundant, reliable and immovable, glorious and blessed, constant and sure, firm and unswerving, anchoring and empowering, enduring and focused.
Feast on the verses I collected about hope (click link to see verses). We are sharing them today in our category “Today’s Gift” at Rest Ministries.
Some examples include:
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:5).
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12).
Prayer: Dear Father, I’m so grateful that Your Word restores my hope. Help me keep You always forefront in my mind so I can echo the words of the Psalmist who said, “I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; my heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope” (Psalm 16:7-9). In Jesus’ name, Amen.
About the Author:
Vicki understands special needs as a patient, parent, and professor. She has had multiple sclerosis since 1993. Her 33 year old son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She’s taught special education as a teacher, administrator, and adjunct professor. Through her blog, she reaches out to other mothers of children with mental illness. http://mentalillnessmom2mom.net/
Vicki wrote a picture book about bullying: Heart Eyes: Beth and the Bullies. You can find out more about that book by visiting her Heart Eyes website: http://www.hearteyes.net
How would you explain the difference between our own hope and hope described in the Bible?
We may have misplaced our hope and put it into something beside God Himself, but that hasn’t changed His love and protection of us. This is Meredith Andrews singing “Not For a Moment.” -Lisa