When we hear the word hope in the world today it’s most often associated with the things we can’t see. Interestingly, Meriam-Webster defines hope as a transitive verb meaning “to desire with expectation of fulfillment.” The second definition is “to expect with confidence.” (Meriam-Webster, 2015) The more I continue growing in Christ, the more I’ve come to the conclusion that the worldly definition of hope and what God says about hope sometimes tend to contradict one another. You see, even though the world wants us to be hopeful in the life it can become very easy to hold on to the hope but lose the “expectation of fulfillment” as the definition states. So, the next obvious question to ask here is what are you and I placing our hope in? If your answer isn’t Jesus, I would strongly encourage to consider changing it because although God desires for us to have hope while we’re here on earth, that hope shouldn’t come from the things of this world, it should come from Jesus Christ.
If you have any doubts about what I’m saying let me encourage you to read a passage from Luke’s gospel. In Chapter eight (v. 43-48) we read the story of a woman who has suffered from bleeding for quite a few years. Although it’s unclear how many years she had been suffering I can only imagine how worn she must have been from her circumstances. If we’re honest everyone is probably worn to a certain extent because that’s just how this life is. Furthermore, what I admire most this lady is the fact that she wasn’t placing her hope in the world, but she placed it in Jesus. She believed and knew that He was the only one who could totally heal her because her faith allowed her to see beyond her physical circumstances and the current reality before her. In the last three verses of her story (46-48) we witness he faith turning into action when she actually touched Jesus. But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.” When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed. “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” I want to have the faith of this woman. A faith where absolutely nothing can separate me from Him including a disability!
I would’ve given anything to have seen the look on her face as she stared into the eyes of her Creator as she was healed. How exciting! There are a few verses from Romans that I would like to leave with you about having faith in Christ and it’s my hope and prayer you’ll be encouraged by these words today!
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Romans 5:3-5 (New Living Translation)
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