Hope? What Is It?

“I have been where you are, but you have not been where I am. I will help you.” 

I will never forget those words spoken to me in my early twenties by a man who would become my mentor for a few years. He taught me a lot about practical life things and helped guide me in the early years of rising above my life circumstances. When he spoke those words to me it was like a small glimmer of hope.

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Hope is a word that is so watered down these days. People say things like, “I hope it doesn’t rain” or “I hope the test isn’t too hard”. The way the word hope is used these days with faint expressions like, “I hope so.” almost strips the word hope of its power.

There is such a strong contrast to how God views the word hope.

Think about it. God has all power. He is omniscient-all knowing. From his viewpoint hope for us is secured already if we will trust him.

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Hope is not something we wish for in vain. Hope is something that has a solid anchor. The anchor is Jesus, his love for us, and our guaranteed eternal future with him. Think about this- If Jesus can defeat death, what problem is greater than that? NOTHING!!!

A new blogger I follow wrote a beautiful post about hope and Jesus being the light Her name is Vanessa Lynn and her blog is Brave, Blessed, and Beautiful. The post that blessed me was Hope Stand Tall. You can read it by clicking on- Hope Stands Tall.

My life is one long series of situations that seemed hopeless to others, but then God intervened. Sometimes it is at what seems to be the last minute to build our faith or so others realize it could have only been God.

But ultimately if we only look at this life whether our circumstances are good or adverse, we will be sorely disappointed at some time. Our ultimate hope is in our eternal future as we read in 1 Corinthians 15:

“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied”

Until the time Jesus comes back or he takes us individually to heaven, the message of the old song Because He Lives rings so true for me. I want to share it with you in case you are from a generation younger than me and not familiar with it. 🙂 lol

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

 

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7 thoughts on “Hope? What Is It?

  1. Esperanza… Still strong in Spanish, for Venezuelans it even hurts. This post inspired me, I think I am going to share some stories soon. Thank you!

  2. Yes! This is so good! Thank you for sharing. I love how a person was your glimmer of hope for a time in your life. Great blog post! And yes, we do throw the word “hope” around rather flippantly… when it is a lifeline at times.

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