31 Days of Loving Well: Hope

Definition of HOPE
(transitive verb)
1: to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment
2: to expect with confidence :trust
(https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hope, 2017)

“Abraham, when hope was dead within him, went on hoping in faith, believing that he would become “the father of many nations”. He relied on the word of God which definitely referred to ‘your descendants’. With undaunted faith he looked at the facts—his own impotence (he was practically a hundred years old at the time) and his wife Sarah’s apparent barrenness. Yet he refused to allow any distrust of a definite pronouncement of God to make him waver. He drew strength from his faith, and while giving the glory to God, remained absolutely convinced that God was able to implement his own promise. This was the “faith” which ‘was accounted to him for righteousness’.(Romans 4:18-22, PHILLIPS)

“In light of all this, Lord, what am I really waiting for? You are my hope.”
(Psalm 39:7, VOICE)

For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust and the source of my confidence from my youth.” (Psalm 71:5, AMP)

//What does hope have to do with “Loving God well”? Nothing, if you see hope only as wishful thinking. But hope has everything to do with “Loving God well,” when I consider that to hope is “To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment.” Did you notice that? “To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment.” Hope also means, “To expect with confidence: TRUST.”

That hope is a demonstration of loving God well, is all the more evident when no thing in my circumstances gives me reason to hope, to believe that anything will change. In a situation that is declared hopeless according to everything I can experience with my senses, I can continue to hope because of He who is my hope (Psalm 39:7; Psalm 71:5). Like Abraham, I can face the stone cold facts of my situation and still remain confident in my God. Continue to believe confidently that He will do what He promised. And this kind of hope, this kind of trust is an act of love because, although I can trust without loving, I cannot love without trusting.//

This post was written for Day 4 of the 31 Days of Loving Well series. The prompt is, “Hope.” To read other posts in the 31 Days of Loving Well series, please click here or the image below.

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