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H O P E

Endless rain seems to punctuate the headline for this day called dreary. In writing a blog from this vantage point, one word catapulted from my thoughts: hope. Maybe you are in a season of gloom highlighted by dreariness. Maybe this word needs to be catapulted into your soul. One of the ongoing futile expeditions of many in their search for hope is looking in the wrong direction. Yet the Bible tells us how to move hope into existence.

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead… 1 Peter 1:3

 

Here we find the starting point for hope. The metaphor of new birth poignantly illustrates the freshness of life that comes from a relationship with Jesus. When Jesus died it looked like hope was lost. His first followers had deserted Him. Life returned. Jesus was resurrected. Hope came alive. Those despondent followers turned into the greatest champions of hope. They changed history, all because faith in Jesus produced a hope that was alive.

 

Living hope produces action.  Living hope cancels regrets and enhances expectations.

 

As Charles Rush states, "Hope sees the present, with all its imperfections, going somewhere."

 

Today, with the living hope Jesus offers there, is more. The full expression of hope in all its nuances can be found by looking through the Bible. My desire today is that you are hungry for hope.

 

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

 

Hope recognizes that ultimately we are never limited to just this life and this world, we always have the life yet to come and the place yet to come... heaven.  This is my prayer for you: that Paul’s words would echo into the recesses of your heart and find expression in your life.

 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.  Romans 15:13