The Joy of Hope

Have you ever been discouraged? Maybe you have gone through a period of blue days, when you felt like giving up. Or, maybe you were expecting to be successful in something you were pursuing, but it didn’t work out. When that happens, it fills us full of dismay and discouragement. We feel that way when we lose our hope.

“Something good is going to happen to you today!”

If someone made that statement to you and you believed that it was true, how would it make you feel? Would you be excited and full of anticipation?

Hope is the expectation that something good is going to happen. God’s Word is full of promises so that we might be filled with expectancy. God wants us to expect good things to come to us from His hand. He is always eager to pour out His blessings on His children!

King Solomon wrote:

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12 NKJV)

When we lose hope, it often makes us feel sick on the inside. However, when the thing we desired comes to pass, we feel jubilant and full of life. Hope is that quality that drives us to keep pursuing our goals until we are able to achieve them. That is why we need hope, and that is what God offers us every day.

The Psalmist wrote:

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13 NKJV)

When the things that we desire seem to be beyond our grasp, we may experience many emotions, such as fear, anxiety, discouragement and despair. These feelings warn us that we are running low on hope.

Everywhere the Apostle Paul went he encountered believers who were suffering from feelings of hopelessness. This is why he wrote to the churches of Galatia:

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” (Galatians 6:9 NKJV)

When we become discouraged we feel weary. That drains us of energy and we lose our drive to serve God. Hope is that wonderful quality that empowers us to chase after our goals. When God is the author of those goals, He will supply us with the expectancy to achieve them. His promise to us is that if we keep sowing and do not give up, we will one day reap a harvest. God is faithful to keep His promises!

The writer of Hebrews wrote:

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23 NKJV)

We don’t have a wishy-washy type of hope that says, “Well, I sure hope we get the answer to our prayers.” Or, “I am just hoping and praying that God will do something for us.” No, our hope is a sure hope that is based on the promises of God. What God has promised in His Word, He will surely bring to pass!

As believers, we need to stand upon God’s Word and believe that He will do exactly what He said He would do. This is what faith looks like! Faith takes the unseen realities of hope and gives substance to them until they become visible in our lives. This is why the writer of Hebrews wrote:

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)

Though we cannot see what we are hoping for, by faith, we can believe that we have the answer already. Yes, we can rejoice that we have the answers to our prayers long before we actually see them! This is how faith and hope work together, and how we receive the things that we have asked God for.

In other words, hope is the expectancy of something in the future, but faith believes it has it now. When we put faith and hope in their proper places, then we will see the desires of our heart come to pass.

Finally, God wants us to be filled with hope every single day. He delights in us when we are full of expectancy. He is our source for everything we need. When we look to Him full of hope, it causes His heart to rejoice. This is why the Apostle Paul wrote:

“Now may the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13 NKJV)

Joy and peace are the evidence that we are trusting God to meet our needs, and we are walking in faith. If we do not have joy and peace about what we are believing for, that’s a warning sign that we need to make an adjustment in our hope. We must believe that what God said will truly happen exactly as He has promised.

Something good is going to happen to you!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

Are you expecting something good to happen to you today? Let me know what God has done for you in the comments below!

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]

 

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