Biblical Hope You Can Count On

I had the opportunity to share a devotional with the volunteers at our church (CF Miami - Coral Gables campus). It was great being able to share my heart with our church family. I wanted to also share it with my online family. Funny enough, the devo didn't come out exactly as I had written it...but that's because speaking is different from writing. Nonetheless, I feel God used these words for His purpose. I pray this devotional is a blessing to you today!

When most of us use the word hope in everyday life it’s often used in a way that signifies we are wishing for the best. We are waiting to see how something turns out and hoping for a favorable outcome. We say, “I hope you have a good day,” or, “I hope Team USA wins another gold medal,” or, “I hope it doesn’t rain during the party.” 

But when the Bible talks about hope it’s so much more than our small definition. With biblical hope comes blessed assurance and trust in Jesus. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Our hope cannot be moved by circumstance or the unknown…because our hope is not in ourselves or in the world. Our hope is not in our health or our money. It’s not in a president or political party. It’s not in a sports team or a job or anything else. Our hope is in a Person. 

In 1 Peter we read that we should be sober-minded and set our hope fully on the grace given to us in the revelation of Jesus Christ. Our hope is fully confident in the expectation that something better is coming. 

I read recently that “hope is not a wish or a sprinkle of fairy dust. Hope is a person who loves me and you and all the particulars of our everyday, weary lives.” 

Life is hard sometimes. I know that I sometimes feel weary. I feel tired and lost and I wonder what exactly is going on in this world. But God cares about us. He sees us even when we feel invisible. God gave us His Spirit and through the Spirit we feel love and guidance and direction. 

Romans 5:5 says, “And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

So even though you may find yourself disappointed with life…disappointed with a certain outcome or situation… And who hasn’t felt that? Whether it’s not getting that promotion at work, or yet another negative pregnancy test, or that scary medical diagnosis. The hope we receive from God never disappoints. It carries us through life and gives us blessed assurance that God has plans and a good future for us. 

As you go about the rest of your day remember this promise from Romans 15:13, ”Now 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.”