–Word of the Week-
We use this word often, don’t we? I really hope that ___. You fill in the blank! In this way, the word actually seems like a synonym for wish. After all, there is a possibility in this usage of the word “hope” that whatever we’re hoping for will not happen. There is doubt present within this popular usage of hope.
But this is not the same meaning of “hope” that is present in the Bible. In my Holman Bible dictionary, it states that hope is, “a trustful expectation, particularly with reference to the fulfillment of God’s promises.” Isn’t this incredible? When we have hope in God’s promises, there is absolutely no doubt about whether or not He will fulfill it! It’s God that has promised, and He doesn’t lie like man (Numbers 23:19).
13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
16 People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchangingnature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:13-20
I hope this new look at the word “hope” and the previous passage will bring you encouragement and revolutionize the way you trust in God’s promises on this wonderful Wednesday!
Praying your day is filled with Sonshine,