Hope that Waits and Expects

Hope! We all have a place in our lives where hope dwells. At Christmas time, children hope that their parents would give them the things they desire. When I was a child, I waited to see what I got under the Christmas tree and was happy with what was there. Nowadays, it’s not like that; children give parents a long list expecting to see every items on their list and sometimes become upset if they did not receive what they desired.

As children of God we have hope. Not the kind of hope that says I hope I have a good day today or I hope that I get to work on time. You see. the dictionary defines hope as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. But when the Bible speaks about hope it’s not a hope that is based on feelings. Biblical hope looks and waits expecting something beneficial to happen in the future. Our hope believes that we will receive what we were promised as children of God.

In Hebrews 10:23 NLT we read, Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” This hope drives our actions. When we face the difficulties in life, we can place our hope in God to help us in our time of need. Isaiah 41:10 says, Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Our hope is not based on feelings because fear is a feeling. But our God has promised His presence in our lives so we don’t have to walk in fear. He is not just walking beside us the way our friends walk with us; His presence brings change in our hearts. His presence makes us strong; His presence protects and His presence gives victory. So let us wait and look forward to the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. One day we will receive from God and our waiting and expecting will be over; we will be recipients having received the fruit of our hope.

Thought for Today: Friend, hope waits and expects something to happen.

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory. 

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