It is always a good thing to wake up on Tuesday morning and get my devotional time started by reading what God has placed on Jesse Weeks heart. This week is timely and very useful! Enjoy.
As has been explained from the pulpit by Brother Danny, human beings can easily find false hope in the guise of many things in order to bolster their spirits and maintain their lifestyles. Invariably, these false hopes disintegrate and we’re left with no hope and the depression that follows. We realize our mistake too late to avoid the collapse, and we’re left searching for real hope. We inevitably ask the question, “Where is real and true hope to be found?”
The biblical definition of hope is not a hope-so but a know-so. Our hope in God is surer than the sun rising in the morning. Where is hope found? It is in the Bible, The Word of God. Psalm 119:74 “I have put my hope in your word”, in Psalm 119:81 “…I have put my hope in your word”, and in Psalm 130:5 “… in his word (The Bible) I put my hope”. Just read these verses of hope and put yourself or your own name in the place of “I” or “we”.
Proverbs 24:20 “for the evil man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out.”
Proverbs 24:14 “Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
The greatest hope of Christians is that of eternal life. This hope is based on Jesus Christ and your relationship with Him. Read these verses to reflect on in times of need.
Titus 1:1-2 “Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began.”
Titus 3:7 “so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
1 Corinthians 15:19 “If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
1 Peter 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
I’m reminded of a C.S. Lewis quote on hoping for something more, “Most people, if they had really learned to look into their own hearts, would know that they do want, and want acutely, something that cannot be had in this world. There are all sorts of things in this world that offer to give it to you, but they never quite keep their promise.”
The Bible is resplendent with verses on hope, in both the Old and the New Testament. I urge you to search for and read them and highlight them for future use. If God gave you hope through these verses, find a way to spark hope in others that you know need it. Take a verse or all the scriptures if you need to and send them to a friend in need. If you pass some of the scriptures on through social media or email we can give hope to so many!