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Romans 15:13 – Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (NKJV)
- God has prepared for us things beyond our imagining. Our hope is for a renewed world and for fullness of life in the age to come. As Jesus taught us, we pray: "Thy kingdom come." – Living Faith 10.1)
Charlie Brown is always having rough days in his young life — that's what makes the whole Peanuts comic strip work. Take, for example, this exchange with Lucy:
"Look at it this way, Charlie Brown," she consoles. "These are your bitter days. These are the days of your hardship and struggle, but if you just hold your head up high and keep on fighting, you'll triumph!"
"Do you really think so, Lucy?" Charlie asks hopefully.
As she walks away, Lucy says, "Frankly, no!"
- Hope means more than just hanging on. It is the conscious decision to see the world in a different way than most others see it. To hope is to look through the eyes of faith to a future not determined by the oppressive circumstances of the present. To hope is to know that the present reality will not have the last word. It is to know, despite the pretentions and cruelties of idolatrous authorities, that God rules. It is God who will have the last word. We need more than resistance; we need hope and a positive vision of where we are going. We begin to live out new possibilities in our daily living. – Living in hope, Jim Wallis in Sojourners magazine
I want us to see that God has a purpose and a plan for us that take us into God's future. Hope ties us to the future. Peruvian theologian, Gustavo Gutiérrez, writes, "To hope does not mean to know the future, but rather to be open, in an attitude of spiritual childhood, to accepting it as a gift."
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (NKJV)
Where others are hopeless, let us see hope in Christ!
Prayer: Lord, our hope is founded and grounded and growing in Jesus Christ. Thanks be to You, our God. Amen.
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Thanks, Kenn, for the encouraging words.
Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us today.
Hope is a beautiful thing, especially on this dreary day in N. S., and we definitely needed the rain. Thanks and blessings for reminding us to stay growing in Jesus.
Many thanks Kenn for your very reassuring words today. Yes, our greatest hope is in our loving Lord for sure. He certainly deserves our deepest gratitude. Blessings for your writings.
Good morning, Kenn,
Yes indeed, in all our troubles, and we have some at the present time. Our faith in Christ keeps us going.
Thank you for writing.
Good morning, Kenn. Thank you for that wonderful message on “Hope”!
I smiled when I got to the end and read your name—when I started reading, I thought, “That sounds like Kenn’s writing”!
Thanks, Kenn, for these explanations of hope. We do have hope when we believe that God does rule; a hope that brings joy and peace. Your prayer reminds us of how our hope is founded, grounded, and growing in Jesus Christ, may we have thoughts of peace and a hope in the future, praying: “Your kingdom come”. Blessings.
Thank you for sharing your heart this morning. I got up hopeless today. Many things contribute to that feeling and the world would say I have the right to feel that way. But I want to be heard by all, singing at midnight even with my brokenness. Hope in Jesus means everything to me! Keep writing and giving hope to those who read your devotions.
Thank you for writing today.
A friend and I have often discussed the very topic of hope and have wondered how those people who do not have faith in Jesus Christ as their savior have any hope. I am grateful that, though my faith often wavers, I cling to the hope of Christ.
Good morning Kenn,
We all need hope, and you provide very good examples of why, as Christians, we do have hope. Sometimes it waivers, but our Holy Spirit helps us to revive it when we need some help.
I appreciate your thoughts and inspiring devotional on hope. May you have a blessed day.
Thank you, Kenn, for these words. I am involved with climate change activists. One of the problems that I see in so many of them is that they are so caught up in what they see as a bleak future for the earth and mankind, that they often do not see hope. As a person of faith, I believe that God has a future for the earth and for mankind, both of which he created. Thank you.
Great DD, Kenn!
Learning this “day by day.” …remember the song from “Godspell.”
“O, dear Lord, these things I pray,
To see thee more clearly,
Love thee more dearly,
Follow thee more nearly,”
It’s a prayer from Bishop Richard of Chichester!
Bless you, Ken, for renewing my hope for THIS day, Wednesday, 3rd May.
Thank you for your encouraging. Words.
It is our Faith in God and Jesus our Saviour that gives us Hope for today and tomorrow and best of all Peace.