Do you wonder where to find hope in this day? Has the turbulence of life and media manipulation caused you to believe that this is a season of hopelessness? Then join us below as we discover how YOU can find hope in all circumstances, as well as, how hope found in God is based on biblical promise!
Promises of the Word
From Genesis to Revelation, God’s promises are written. Many of them we know—at least in part—however, by examining the Word, and we realize that they are more numerous and wonderful than we could ever imagine!
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”—Numbers 23:19
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”—2 Corinthians 1:20
Every promise of God is sure, and through Him we have a right to access those promises. However, to do so we first need to know what His promises are…
With God, Hope is Not Deferred
The word, hope, can be found 151 times in the New King James version of the Bible, 170 in the CJB version, and 180 in the NIV! While not every instance is directly related to God’s promise of hope, they all build upon it and remind us why hope is an important blessing.
So, why is hope important? Why do we not only need hope, but another of God’s promises in turn—the promise of fulfillment?
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.”—Proverbs 13:12
Proverbs 13:12 is an amazingly accurate verse. All of us have had things we have hoped for that either never came, or took so long in coming that our hope waned into nothingness. We have all experienced the hurt of that; the heart-sickness of hope deferred. And yes, there are times where it is for our good for hope to be deferred, because what we hoped for would have brought greater pain or ruin. However, as children of the Most High God, the majority of our desires ought to match up with God’s plan for us, and those that do, due to the promises of God, should contain a level of Godly hope.
When we have a goal or dream that the Lord has placed inside us, His hope is ready to be implemented in our hearts.
When we have a weighing on our hearts for the salvation of a friend, family member, or neighbor, the Lord is ready to give us His hope.
The situation itself could be anything. What is important is the truth that hope from God is sure. His hope gives us strength, increases our faith, and provides the determination to see a thing through—even when the fruition of our hope feels too long in coming.
With God, hope is not deferred. It is sure and constant, and ready for us to consume, if we are willing to receive it and create an environment where hope can thrive!
Still, where can we find God’s promise of hope?
Well, out of all the verses in the Word that mention hope, Jeremiah 29:11-14 perhaps describes God’s promise of hope best, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord…”
God wants us to have a future and a hope. He does not want us to walk around with hope deferred and therefore in possession of a sick heart. He wants us to have hope. What is more, He wants us to have hope in things which align with Him so that we never have to hope uselessly—because everything that is in alignment with Him is sure to prosper.
Yet, how can we be sure that God will fulfill His promise? How can we be assured of His granting us hope?
Well, Numbers 23:19 answers this directly, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
God’s Word is sure. Every promise He has ever made, every covenant… they are guaranteed. All we have to do is the small thing of accepting God’s promises and providing a place for them to thrive! He will do the rest. Confidently and as sure as a morning’s sunrise.
Accepting God’s Promises:
No matter which promise of God we are trusting in, it is important that we not only believe, but accept them. Not because those promises will somehow be broken forever if we fail to properly believe or receive them, but because God does nothing against our will. Because God created each promise intentionally, knowing that we would need them.
For example, let us look at God’s promise of peace. To not succumb to the cares of the world, to thrive and prosper in all we do, it is important that we accept this promise. Yet, that peace needs to activated in two ways. One, by asking God to give us His promised peace—standing on Scripture, our faith, etc. Two, by creating a place for peace to dwell—not turning from God, His ways, or allowing our anxieties, cares, fears, etc., to stand in His way.
Simply put, to activate God’s promises we need to accept them and give them a place to reside.
This need to give God permission and create a place for His promises to dwell comes from His love for us. God loves us enough to not force Himself upon us, and as a result, He does not wish to be where He is not welcomed…
Take a body of Believers from any denomination. God loves His Church, but for any to receive the fullness of what God has, they need to activate it by giving God permission AND a place to dwell. Yes, He will continue to allow the angels of those attending to go wherever His people go, even if it is to a place where lies, deceit, and an unholy atmosphere have been allowed… but God’s Spirit is unlikely to visit where He is not wanted. After all, is not Holy Spirit more likely to move when the Church is in unity and welcoming His presence?
We have to have open hearts. We have to want the promises of God if they are to flourish. Yes, God will not leave us nor forsake us, even if we forsake Him… but do we honestly expect Him to move in power if we say, “no”? Do we not want to allow all God has for us by opening our hearts, by changing our habits and patterns to create a holy atmosphere for Him, and by seeking God and His Kingdom first?
If we are willing to seek God, He will come. He will answer. And all of His promises will be able to rest and flow through us!
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