Where Does Hope Come From?

October 14, 2018

 

Hope is in the Lord.

“And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.” Psalms 39:7

 

Hope is from the Lord.

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him. Psalms 62:5

 

Hope is in the Word.

And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your rules. Psalms 119:43

 

Lest I think my hope is in the law, the Gospel of Peace has made a better way. The grace of God has delivered me, redeemed me, restored me.

For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness (for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God. Hebrews 7:18-19

 

Hope is from God and in God and it comes to me in the form of the Gospel of Peace. My hope increases or decreases according to how my focus on the Lord and the things of God increases and decreases.

The blessed hope for which I wait is the appearing of Jesus Christ. He is my Lord, my Savior, and He provides the salvation of my soul from the penalty of sin.

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works. Titus 2:11-14

 

Jesus is the hope of my salvation. It is that hope that enables me to live a more holy life now and that causes me to long for the life beyond the curse of sin and the law that empowers it.

But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 1 Thessalonians 5:8

 

Hope is the one thing, that when it is missing, causes misery in everyday life. Optimism and thankfulness erode without hope and the door to misery and pessimism opens wide.

I, like most, seek sound answers to the why’s of life, but they aren’t always available. Sometimes faith and hope need to take over. The key is to know what my faith and hope are focused on. When pessimism or depression grabs hold of me, it is difficult to focus on the correct things because I want something concrete to take hold of. This is where faith is the anchor of hope. Building my faith is important to maintaining my hope. Faith assures me of that for which I hope.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the convictions of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

 

This hope in which I have been saved through the work of Jesus Christ is not something I can see; therefore, faith is required. If it was something visible, my assurance would be in what I see, and hope would not be necessary.

For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? Romans 8:24

 

This hope is a joyful and confident expectation of the salvation offered through Jesus Christ. My faith is my assurance of this hope. My faith is necessary for through it I am saved by grace. My hope is established in this promise of my salvation that I receive as a gift from God through faith in God and trust in His promises.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

 

Grace is a gift from God. Grace is God picking up where my ability leaves off. I do not have the ability to provide for my own salvation. Apart from the grace of God I am lost in my sinful nature. I must receive this gift from God through faith in God.

Faith is: believing that God is who He says He is; believing that I am who God says I am; believing that God will do what He says He will do.

I believe that God is the Creator of all things, seen and unseen.

I believe that I am His creation, and that because of sin, I am in need of the salvation that only He can provide.

I believe that as I confess my sin and surrender my life to God, He will forgive my sin and provide my salvation.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

 

So, the first step is to believe, or to act in faith. The first action is to confess that I am a sinner. Then I need to surrender my life now, so I may receive eternal life.

Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. John 12:25

 

This eternal life is where my hope lies, through the salvation that comes through Jesus Christ. I see here that faith and hope are linked in a very strong way. But what of love? 1 Thessalonians 5:8 said I put on the breastplate of faith and love along with the helmet of hope. I also see that there is the work of faith, the labor of love, and the steadfastness of hope. It appears that the stability of my hope is based upon consistent working in faith and laboring in love.

Remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:3

 

Whereas my hope is anchored in my faith, it is established in love.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

 

Love is seeing the need of another and doing whatever is in my power to provide for that need. Sometimes that need is a physical item. Sometimes that need is compassion or empathy. Sometimes that need is encouragement or friendship. Love is expressed in many ways, but it always raises the need of another above my own desires. For this reason, love is oftentimes sacrificial to some degree.

It is because of the great love of God that He provided for my salvation. And it came at a great cost to Him.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

 

While I was yet a sinner, God determined that the work of Jesus on the cross, the shedding of His blood, would be sufficient sacrifice for the forgiveness of my sin and the salvation of my soul. By faith I believe that God will do what He says He will do. I set my hope on Jesus for my salvation and for eternal life. Without His great love this would not happen.

My newest theme in life is, “Obedience in Love.” For what good is my obedience if it is not done in love? And do I really have love if I am not walking in obedience?

Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.” John 14:23-24

 

Love is essential to my salvation and eternal life. The love of God is what all else is built upon. My faith is based upon a loving God and is established in Him. My hope rests upon the promises that come because of the love of God and it is set in my faith in the same loving God.

My hope comes from God. It is in God, and is for God, in His love, given to me as a gift from Him, leading to the salvation of my soul through Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord.