That We Might Have Hope
“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4, NASB)
Paul tells us God’s Word was written to give us hope. In the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, their sin caused a separation from God. Life became hard and difficult with pain and suffering. Over time, emotional and interpersonal strife, sickness and disease, poverty and hunger, will cause man to lose hope and become discouraged. A man without hope will slip into despair and give up his will to live. Hope is essential to life. When we hope, we look forward to the future. Hope is the belief that things will change, get better or improve.
Everyone faces trials and tests, disappointments and heartaches, challenges and difficult situations that will tempt them to give up, cave in and quit. As Christians, we must remember that the Word became flesh in Jesus and that faith in God’s Word and Jesus reconnects us to God. Jesus and His grace hold us up and gives us the strength to go on. Jesus stands between our situation and hopelessness. Jesus turns our despair into hope, and helps us to believe the storm will pass. Faith in Jesus is our confidence that fear is no match for Jesus’ power and His love. Faith enables us to trust Jesus to always make a way out. Jesus gives us the desire to get back up every time we fall. Jesus is the proof that we are more than conquerors in Him. Jesus’ faithfulness is our source of courage to face the impossible. Jesus is our source of power, miracles and healing.
Child of God, I encourage you to remember that Jesus is the Living Word of God. In Jesus, all that was lost is restored, redeemed and reconciled to God. In Jesus, we have hope. He came, suffered, died, and rose again on the third day. Jesus is all we need!
Father, thank You for the power and truth of Your Living Word. Your Word teaches me, instructs me, encourages me and gives me hope to go on no matter what. Jesus, I place my faith, belief, trust, confidence, and hope in you, knowing You are all I need. Through the blood of Jesus and in Jesus name I pray, amen.