I’ve heard a lot of sermons in my day.
Some on loving others. Some on grace. Some on truth, light, discipline. Some on having joy and peace.
I haven’t heard many on Hope.
Hope: (Noun) “To trust in, wait for, look for, or desire something or someone; or to expect something beneficial in the future.”
It means something deeper to me. Hope encompasses joy, peace, and contentment for me. To have Hope, means I am content with where I am, joyful in my circumstance, at peace with where I am being led, but expectant of God’s future for my life.
THAT is Hope in my heart.
I love Romans 4:18- 21
” 18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”
Yeah. Sit on that for awhile. Abraham never wavered or had disbelief, because having Hope for what God has planned, is a promise. And Christ does not break his promises. We show who we are in Christ by how we act in circumstances…all of them. We show how much we trust in him, by never losing our Hope.
It’s hard for me to stay consistent, with the ever nagging desire to live in the country. Some days it would literally consume me if I didn’t 1) have daily time with God and 2) have a husband that believes as deeply as I do that our future is out there.
Hope. Today, I am overwhelmed with it. Hope in tomorrow. Hope for my flowers, my vegetables, my soil. Hope for our future.
I am so content right now. So content in my home and my yard. So content with my garden and my life. I am content and joyful because I am blessed. I am so so so blessed with the life I’ve been given to live. I love my home, and my yard. I love the stories behind every flower bed I’ve stripped of sod and planted in.
But I have Hope for tomorrow and next year, and the year after that. I have Hope in Christ. That he will bring us “Home”.
Find your Hope today. Find it in the midst of your financial struggles. Find it when your world seems to be crashing down around you. Find Hope if your life is going well! Find Hope if you have a great job and can pay all your bills. Find Hope if your children are healthy and happy.
Always be thankful for the beautiful things you have in your life and Hope will come easier to you.
Find it and keep it close to your heart, always.