Have you ever noticed the twinkle and spark in the eye of a child? As growing anticipation flashes like lightning across his or her mind, an accompanied quick smile turns the face into a glowing, wordless statement of faith and trust. You see, their minds are filled with hope.
However, just living life seems to reduce those confident expectations of hope. Sometimes we seem to ‘run out of hope’. We sense that our heart and soul are on “empty”. It’s just like the warning light on the dashboard of my car that tells me it is time to stop and ‘fill it up”. But, how then does that happen in our souls? What does one do?
The Bible gives us instructions regarding hope. God has designed life to build hope within us. And, note in the Bible verses below, that it is not nice, easy times of life that develop and grow hope. Rather, hope develops within the process of working through the messy life moments. Romans 5:1-5 says, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us”. God loves us. He knows we cannot build hope on our own. He puts His Holy Spirit in us.
It almost seems odd that God should use the struggles of life to build hope. That’s not the way we would expect it to happen. But, God built hope needs ‘proven character’ as a foundation. Such character is formed as we experience the Holy Spirit of God working and leading us through the struggles of real life.
Is your life facing situations for which your hope is low? Hope is a confidence in God to be God in all parts of our lives. To experience this, we must open the door of our heart and ask God to enter, to bring His saving power, and live there. Have you done this? If not, do it now. See you in church…hope starts here!
by Pastor Dennis Wright