Today I am continuing my series on love based off 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. And I want to talk about hope. Hope is a vital part of any life, Christian or non-Christian, because without hope we give up on life. People who commit suicide have lost all hope. But God wants us to live each day filled with hope and if we want to learn to walk in love, we have to learn how to get and keep hope in our lives no matter what trials or storms come.
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. (Psalm 25:5)
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. (Psalm 31:24)
3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 3:3-5)
24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (Romans 8:24-25)
God is Our Hope
The most important thing to remember about hope is that God Himself is our hope. We can’t get our hope from other people, from our circumstances, from our job or bank account or possessions. Our hope comes from the Lord and only God can fill us up with it. Where does hope come from? From God’s Word, His promises to us through His Word and in our hearts, and, of course, through our salvation. If we try to hope in worldly things, or even in other people, we will be disappointed. Whenever I put my hope in our bank account, I end up depressed. But when I put my hope in God because He is my hope, I am filled with joy and peace and God always provides.
Hope Comes from Suffering
Hope always comes from a place of suffering. Why? Because first, you must have trials which produce perseverance (a determination to go on), and that leads to a better character in ourselves because we grow stronger through those trials. God tests our faith and our faith is strengthened. And from that better character comes hope. We will never hope in the Lord if we don’t go through trials that build us up and create a new and godly character in us. Also, as my husband and I say rather often, you don’t know what joy is without sadness. You don’t know light without dark. You don’t know hope without suffering. If you haven’t been through hard times, how will you ever appreciate the good times when they come?
Be Strong and Hope
Because hope comes from suffering, we must learn to be strong. We need to remember that suffering does have an end, and I’m not talking about death and heaven. We all go through seasons in life, seasons of trials and seasons of blessings and abundance. We can’t truly appreciate our seasons of abundance if we haven’t been through those trials. So, as we’re going through the storms of life, the valleys that we walk through with Jesus, we need to be strong. We need to strengthen our faith by reading God’s Word and believing His promises are true. We need to speak truth against the lies of the enemy. We need to get our eyes off our circumstances and put them firmly on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of our faith.
Hope is Not Seen
You can’t hope for something you already have. If you’re hoping for children but already have children…that just doesn’t make sense! You hope for things you don’t see yet. That doesn’t mean you’ll never see them. It just means that when you do finally see them, when that dream comes to pass, when the trial ends, you no longer need to hope for it. You can hope for something else when the need arises. But if you don’t see your promise fulfilled yet, keep hoping, because you hope in what you do not see!
I hope this helps you guys as it has been helping me. I’ve been really tested in this area lately and I’m slowly learning to pass those tests and keep my hope in the Lord. Stay strong, friends! We are warrior-women and nothing will keep us down!