How does hope inspire us to do change or do something difficult? How does hope motivate and help us bring about change in our lives? The Webster dictionary says hope is a feeling that what is wanted will happen; desire accompanied by anticipation or expectation. The Bible says faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). We cannot have hope without the faith to believe we will get the thing we hope for. Fundamentally, hope motivates and inspires us to strive for better outcomes in our lives. We might hope for a better marriage, improved health, healthier relationships, an exciting career, more money, and greater knowledge for a successful future. Because we have hope for something better, we are motivated to learn more and to do the work necessary to achieve what we are hoping to accomplish. For example, I wanted to become an online course designer, which required that I get a master’s degree. Sadly, I did not have any confidence in my intellectual abilities, plus it had been 30 years since I was last in school. Because hope inspires, I was inspired to put my faith in God to help me (faith is certain of what I can not see) then I applied to the graduate program and was accepted. I took four graduate courses to get a certificate in Distance Education and yes; I did pray often and God helped me to get two A’s and two A-s’. I could not complete the master’s degree because my life took a dramatic turn; so, I have not realized my dream yet but the hope is still there to motivate me. Each one of us hope for different things, but do we have the faith to believe things can be different and God can help us? Additionally, hope connotes a time of waiting in anticipation for something and trusting in for a desired result.
The title of my website and book is “Hope for Complete Healing,” which describes the purpose I hope to achieve, complete healing for anyone who wants it. That is, complete healing; emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically so that we can realize better outcomes in our lives or a different destiny. Everyone needs healing in one or more of the aforementioned categories. I have discovered through much research, and trial and error, how to become completely healed, and as a result, my marriage, my health, and my outlook on life have been transformed. I encourage you to take the time to read the research I have written about in my website and how I am achieving complete healing in all areas of my life. Additionally, I share these truths with the girls who are incarcerated at the county jail and have seen incredible results. I have hope that you too will see incredible results.
So what does the bible say about hope? Interesting, the Apostle Paul tells the church in Rome in chapter 5 and verse 4 that our character produces hope, and character is developed by enduring and persevering through trials and hard times, which perfects our character and faith (also see James 1:2-4). I certainly can identify with that, can you? To achieve anything hoped for takes perseverance. Don’t you agree? Also, Paul wrote to the Rome church in chapter 15 verse13 the following, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
?? There is nothing wrong with hoping for something or to do something, but are we willing to submit our lives to God’s sovereignty and purpose for our lives?
God’s sovereignty is a tough concept to grasp but know that God’s plans are always for our best. I don’t know why my life took a different turn but because it did, I was able to write a book that I would never have otherwise written. Sovereignty means the state or quality of being above or superior. Thankfully, God’s purpose for our lives is always more superior than our plans and hopes. Purpose means something one intends to get or do; intention; aim. I love the following verse from the book of wisdom; Proverbs 16:9, which says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” This is God’s sovereignty.
?? Are you willing to consider that what you are hoping for is not part of God’s perfect plan for you?
King David, the second king of Israel, wrote the following in Psalms 62:5-8, “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him. 6) He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. 7) On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. 8) Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.”
?? What do the above verses mean to you?
?? What does it mean that God is a refuge for us?
** Refuge means a person or thing that gives shelter, help, or comfort. It is also a place of safety. (Also look up: Ps. 18:2; Ps. 31:19; Ps. 46:1; Ps. 91)
And in Psalms 147:11, King David writes, “But the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His steadfast love.” (Note: steadfast love is recorded 398 times in the ESV Bible. Also, read Psalms 34:11-14 and Proverbs 8:13 to learn what it means to fear the Lord.) God loves us and wants to give us the desires of our hearts when we delight in Him. The Bible is a book that is full of hope. I challenge you to read through the book of Psalms and indicate all the verses that you can have hope in.
If you do not have hope and assurance of salvation and eternal life, believe and confess that you have sinned and that Jesus Christ is God the Son, who died to pay the debt for your sin; forgives your sins and frees you from sins control (See Jn 1:29; 1 Jn 4:15; 1 Pet 1:18-19; Col 1:14; & Gal 5:1). When you confess this with our mouth and believe it with your heart, then God the Holy Spirit and His love, life, and light enter into your heart (See Gal 4:6 & 1 Cor 6:17), which is the beginning of the healing process.