HOPE – Choose confident expectancy over wishful thinking

SCRIPTURE:  “For if you already have something, you don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t have yet, we must wait patiently and confidently.”   –  Romans 8:24-25 – NLT

TURNING POINT:  

The word “hope” is used quite frequently in everyday English conversation.  People say to one another, “I hope you feel better,” and “I hope you get that promotion.”  We often use the phrase, “Oh, I hope so!” in response to a simple question concerning some wish or expectation.  But what does it truly mean to have hope?  Is hope simply a Higher Choice?

Dictionary.com defines hope as both a noun and verb.  The noun refers to “the feeling that what is wanted can be had, or that things will turn out for the best; the grounds for this feeling; person or thing upon which expectations are centered.”  The verb describes the action of “looking forward with desire and reasonable confidence.”  The key words that jump out at me in these definitions are feeling and person or thing.  Feelings are fickle, and they come and go.  People and things also or less than 100% reliable!  Is it any wonder then, that the Christian believer if blessed to experience true hope, because of the One in whom we place our trust and expectation?

The biblical references I consulted list many types of hope, or things to be hoped for.  The grounds of our hope is God’s word and God’s promises.  The object of our hope is Christ, salvation, resurrection, eternal life, and Christ’s return.  Interestingly, the state of hopelessness belongs to the wicked.  Those who trust in God look forward with great expectation of not only the day when we will see our Lord face-to-face and glory in his presence, but to each new day in this life.  As you read in 1 Corinthians 13:13, “There are three things that will endure—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love,” hope is one of the greatest virtues!  It is also one of your highest choices to enjoying every day life.

“Hope does not arise from the individual’s desires or wishes but from God, who is Himself the believer’s hope: ‘My hope is in You’ (Ps. 39:7).”   – Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary

A.S.K. (the Higher Choices Process)

Ask – questions to discover the direction God would suggest you take.

1. What are you hoping and expecting?
2. How can hope in God improve the expectations you have for yourself and others?
3. How do you think the state of hopelessness is tied to wickedness and evil?
Seek – ideas on choices that will take you further along your higher path.
Knock – truth embraced through practice and persistence; abiding.