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What is our hope in?

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23          

The past few months I have been thinking about the word hope. When you do a simple google search for what hope means this is what you get: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. This hope is based solely on circumstances but in the Bible, hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness. When we place our hope in circumstances it is a recipe for disaster. This is because things rarely turn out exactly as we imagined them to be. When I place my hope in Jesus alone I have this confident assurance that He will take care of what was promised even if it doesn't look like I thought it would. I love the story of Abraham and Sarah. God tells Abraham that he will be a father to the nations and gave him certainty that this promise would be accomplished by Sarah giving birth to a son. This promise was hard for Abraham to believe because at this point in his life he was ninety-nine years old. Abraham waited on the promise but became upset because the promise was not coming to pass. Sarah, who was way past the age of bearing a child decided that Abraham would sleep with her maid Hagar and this is how they would a child. Hagar became pregnant and had a son who was named Ishmael. God visited Abraham again and reminded him of the original promise that He had spoken over him; Abraham and Sarah would be father and mother to the nations. Finally, after years waiting the promise came to pass and Isaac was born. Abraham had been placing his hope in his circumstances and when things were not turning out like he thought they should he tried to make the promise happen but the moment he placed his hope back in God, the promise child was born. God is the one who gives us promises so he will be the one to make sure they happen. This brings me peace because how often are we like Abraham and Sarah, forcing our way into things instead of resting in Jesus? My question for you today is this; what are the promises that you are waiting on? For some it could be a financial breakthrough, a job, restoration with your wife/husband, a child, a love one getting sober, maybe even healing in your body or someone you know. Take courage and know that God is with you, He sees you, and He loves you. Place your hope fully in Him for He is faithful! *The entire story of Abraham and Sarah can be found in Genesis 12-22


My Prayer for You: Father, I thank you that you are faithful even when we aren't. I pray that you reveal all the places in our hearts where we haven't put our hope fully in you. This week let us choose hope over doubt. Amen




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