(* NOTE: I had written this some time ago…our hope is in Jesus.)
Have you ever had one of those days? You know…one of those days when you wish you could just crawl back into bed and start all over? You know…one of THOSE days…I’m talking about the kind of day where it seems that if anything can go wrong, it will.
It’s always one of those days when someone will ask you “How’s it going? How are you doing?”
You are faced with a decision…thoughts flash through your mind faster than a race car on a superspeedway…“Do I really tell them?” “Do they really want to know?”…nah, “I will just take the easy route.” And then seemingly without much thought, you hear the words coming from your own mouth… “Today is a good day. I am doing fine.”
All the while, you want to scream that this is a tough day and you just HOPE it gets better.
Hope is not a synonym for “wishful thinking” though. No, the biblical meaning of the word hope is a confident expectation of something good based on the solid certainty of the character and nature of God.
I love the phrase in Hebrews 6:19, “This hope we have as an anchor for the soul.” An anchor is only as strong as that to which it is tied. This hope is in the person and work of Jesus Christ. The love and forgiveness He gives brings a confidence that no matter what we experience, the end result of His purposes in our lives is one that is for our ultimate good!
The hope, confident expectation of God’s goodness, that I have in Jesus means:
- A promise delayed, is not a promise denied!
Just because I haven’t received what God has promised me yet, that does not mean that He is going to deny me that promise. He will fulfill His Word!
- A detour is not your destination!
If the place you are in does not look like what you thought it was, don’t give up. God is still working in your life even if it looks like nothing you thought it would!
- A diagnosis is not your destiny!
It doesn’t matter what label someone else has tried to put on you. God has the final say over your life! He loves you and has a destiny that only you can fulfill!
Be encouraged today! Even if it is one of THOSE days…We have hope in Jesus!
Dealing hope today,