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Where Is Your Hope?

The story is the same in each of our lives. We hope for something, believe for it, prepare for it, even pray for it, but despite all our efforts, it doesn’t come to pass. The thing we long for is seemingly unattainable. God’s Word commands us to hope, but our hope—our desire and belief for a certain outcome—seems fruitless.

Hope as it is shown in the Bible has a definite, positive outcome. It is a hope to be confident in. Why? Because biblical hope is in, for and about God. The God of the Bible doesn’t change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and so our hope in Him need not ever be shaken.

But what about the thing we hope to happen? The desire that has been deferred time and again, making our heart sick? The Psalmist commands his spirit to “[h]ope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” The tension in hoping for God to fulfill a desire and waiting for Him to do it is often palpable. But living in that tension is where we find God. As we seek and obey Him, He will transform us to be like Jesus. And no matter what it is that we hope will happen, it will not bring us satisfaction like Jesus will.

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