Weekly Devotional – Hope

Romans 8:25 “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently”.

How many times have you heard some say “I hope”?  “I hope I get a raise”, “I hope everything turns out o.k.”, “I hope I can pay my bills this month”.  What do you mean when you say “I hope”?

Websters definition of the word hope  is “a feeling of expectation and a desire for a certain thing to happen”.  This is how we “hope” when we don’t put God in the equation. Mathew 19:26 “With God all things are possible“.  We should define hope then, more in this way; the confident expectation of what God has promised.

If you have ever become a parent, you know about expectation.  The closer the due date, the more expectant one becomes. We prepare the nursery and buy the tiny clothes. As the due date gets closer, we pack the bag for the hospital. Do you believe God’s due date for the blessings in your life? Are you packing your bags for your promotion? Are you expectant of the life partner that He has promised you?  Do you wake up each day expectant of the amazing things that God is going to do with your day?  If your answer is not a resounding “yes”, why? Is it possible to have faith without having hope?  If we don’t believe God’s promises for our lives, do we have genuine faith in Him?

And then…God.  Look at your daily circumstances and apply the phrase “And then God”.  And then God, what?  My car broke down and then God, my marriage was struggling and then God, I was suffering from chronic pain and then God…and then God can never end with a negative. If we truly have hope in God’s promises, in His time, we will see God “Meet all our needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus“. Philippians 4:19

Hoping with you, Tana

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