Hey Masterpiece family, hope you’re all well?
Many of us are currently entering a new season of new beginnings as we enter new academic chapters or starting new jobs and new opportunities as summer comes to an end.
This month’s theme is Hope! So today we are going to unpack that and delve into what hope really means.As we usually do, lets have a look at the dictionary definition of hope.
A wish or feeling of desire and expectation
So, what we can gather from this is that hope is driven by desire. I am sure we have all hoped for something before. From “I hope I pass this exam” to “I hope I don’t miss the bus today!” We can all relate to the feeling of hope.
Where in the Bible do, we see hope?
We see hope in many parts of the Bible, from the Old to New Testament. We see especially in the Old Testament where the Israelites lack hope at times and in other times they’re filled with hope. From Hannah hoping for a son one day to the Israelites who hoped that they would be free from slavery one day.
It is easy to confuse hope and faith. Faith is confidently believing something will happen. So for example, having faith that God will deliver you, is confidently believing God will deliver. Most of the time, it is tied to a scripture so one common example is; in Jeremiah 29:11 where God uses Jeremiah to tell the exiled that he has plans and a future for them. Better plans that will give them hope and prosperity. Many of us read this scripture and have faith (confidently believe) that God has better in store for us too.
Faith is more powerful than hope because Hebrew 11:6 states, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. This is so powerful! We need to confidently believe that God exists otherwise you will never please him!
Another scripture that helps us to understand the difference between faith and hope is;
Hebrews 11:1 “Faith shows the reality of what we hoped for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.”
So hoping for something is like wishing but with more desire. Faith is regardless of your circumstance, confidently believing in something. With faith, you’ll never have to worry because you fully believe. Whereas with hope, there is still a shadow of doubt, you know that there is a possibility that what you hoped for won’t happen.
But true hope is what keeps us going and strong. We hear or read stories in the Bible like Job for example, that does give us hope that God is with us even when it doesn’t seem like it. It also enables us to live in faith that God will never abandon us. So we praise God!
I hope this has helped you better understand Hope and the meaning of having hope.
I pray for a blessed September and for God to show us to never ending love every day and that God fills you with hope.
In Jesus name,
If you have any questions, comments or queries, please feel free to leave it down below and I will be happy to answer or it could spark a nice discussion.
Hebrew 11: 6