|1 Timothy 1:1, NIV|
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope.
|Hope is often expressed by those in troubled times as a ‘wish’ for a good outcome. They are merely expressing their deep desire and nothing more. If that is what hope is, then hope is weak and we can have no certainty of a good outcome. What hope actually is, by definition, is ‘expectation with confidence’. Paul called Jesus ‘our hope’. If we are merely expressing a desire for a good outcome without any substance to warrant that desire then it isn’t hope. Jesus is the substance of hope according to Scripture.|
1 Peter 1:3 refers to Jesus as ‘a living hope’, meaning that even in what is considered the most hopeless of situations, death, the child of God still has hope of a good end. Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV) tells us this:
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
Right there, the faithfulness of God, that is the substance we can base our hope upon. One of the names of Jesus in Revelation 19:11 is Faithful and True. Jesus is faithful and there are no lies in Him. Paul writes in Hebrews 6:19-20 (TPT):
We have this certain hope like a strong, unbreakable anchor holding our souls to God himself. Our anchor of hope is fastened to the mercy seat which sits in the heavenly realm beyond the sacred threshold, and where Jesus, our forerunner, has gone in before us.
What are you hoping for? If your hope is in Jesus, it is not misplaced hope and there is great substance to that hope. You can have ‘expectation with confidence’ in the one who is faithful and true. If emotionally, you feel like you are in a little boat on choppy seas, if you are trusting in Jesus, then you are tethered to God Almighty. You are anchored in hope. As the storm blows, your ship will not drift into the abyss. Jesus, our living hope, firmly has you.
Romans 15:13, NLT
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
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