What is hope, that is what gives a Christian hope intoday’s troubled world, a world filled with anger, mistrust and the continued threat of a dangerous virus that attacks so many? In this blog we will try to answer that question and to offer some measure of help for all of us. To do that we must refer to the bible that, through the word of God, provides many passages about hope. More than one-hundred biblical references to the word hope offer us hope in the LORD if we will only read and study them. In this blog we quote a selection of verses that refer us to hope that can lift our spirits and renew our joy in living.
Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.
Psalm 130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope.
There are many more verses in Psalms that make reference to hope. The 150 Psalms offer a wealth of help to each of us. King David, the writer of many of the Psalms, lived a life of many tribulations and hardships along with the need to repent for his sins, as each of us need to do as well. His spiritual journey with God is reflected in Psalms and we often identify with him as he interacts with God through times of trouble and those of joy.
If we continue on to the new testament to the time when Paul and the many other apostles were preaching the gospel throughout the Greek and Roman cities and establishing churches, we find many verses of the bible that offer spiritual hope, a fact even considering the persecution of those early Christians.
Romans 5: 1and 2 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
1 Thessalonians 1-3 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father.
Paul’s letter to his fellow apostle Titus sums up the concept of spiritual hope in a few verses that sum up the gospel in a clear statement of our salvation through faith and the grace feely given by Jesus with the promise of eternal life.
Titus 3: 4-7 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Finally we come to a benediction so wonderfully stated in Peter’s letter to the pilgrims scattered throughout several parts of Asia and other provinces in that area.
1 Peter1: 3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.