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I wanted to highlight and focus on the topic of Hope because during the holiday season, people are reminded about love, peace, joy, and hope. This season allows people to find hope in their families, traditions, and religious upbringings.
People seek for optimism from any hopelessness they may have experienced in the year or for many years. Hope is a desire for something to happen. It is more than just a wish. It doesn’t have to be found in materialistic things. But it is found where it matters the most.
Hope is Found in God
Everyone needs someone or something to believe in. In a world of uncertainty, we grasp to hope to have expectations during hard times. But though the world is uncertain God is certain
God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? (Numbers 23:19)
God is who we can count on to be constant in our lives. In being loyal to Himself He has been loyal to us. This has been done by Him giving His only son to piece back together parts of us that were lost and hopeless.
This has repaired our relationship with Him. Accepting Christ reunites us to God, this then gives us hope in Him in every part of our lives.
Hope is Found in Faith
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
Hope is the expectancy and desire of something happening, but how might you hope in something without faith? Faith is our ability to put trust and believe in something. Faith is the genetic makeup of hope, it is what makes hope in something real to us.
All that we hope for must be anchored to faith in God. Hope is shallow without faith to sustain it. We must have faith in God and His power to have hope in what He has for us.
Hope is Found in Patience
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;And patience, experience; and experience, hope (Romans 5:3)
Hope can be found in patience. Life experiences bring about patience. Since in life nothing comes easily, we learn how to be patient with things we may not understand, or we hope for.