Having Hope

We’ve all been there. Something is going wrong in our lives: constant arguing with a loved one, loss of a job, natural disasters, etc. and we say to ourselves or others, “I hope things get better.” But what is hope? What does it mean to say that you are hoping things turn around?! I believe that many times we use the word hope interchangeably with wish. We could easily replace the phrase “I hope things get better” with “best wishes.” But hope is far more than just having wishful thinking. Hope does not rely on a genie in a lamp, birthday candles, seeing the first star in the sky or breaking the wishbone after Thanksgiving. Hope is so different because of Jesus.

Hope means having a confident expectation of the promises of God. What better promise is there then Jesus?

Jesus is our hope. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” Because of this verse, we see that we cannot only place our hope in Jesus, but also in the Word of God.

Psalm 119:114 says, “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.” 

He protects us, covers us, heals us, and saves us. He is our everything. When we place our hope in Jesus, we never have to worry about the possibility of something going wrong. It just isn’t possible with Him. We can be confident in Him.

So when life seems to be spiraling out of control and you don’t understand what’s going on, place your confidence in our eternal Hope, Jesus. Remember the words that were spoken to Joshua, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)

We can have a confident expectation in the promises of God because His word is true and His character is unchanging. So fear not, our Promised Savior is always with you!

Pastor Kristen Swanson
Children’s Pastor – New Life Bismarck