December 4, 2017
Some people are, by nature, optimistic. It is their natural temperament. Others are, by the same token, pessimistic. One person sees a rose bush in terms of thorns, another sees only the roses. One person sees the dark side of every cloud, while the other looks for the silver lining. Yet, genuine hope can never be based on your particular temperament or momentary emotion.
In I Peter 3:15 we read, “Sanctify the Lord God in your heart, and always be ready to give an answer to those who ask you a reason for the hope that is in you.”
The Greek word for hope is elpis which means, “to anticipate with confidence.” Hope is not a feeling. Christian hope grows through faith in Jesus Christ. Christian hope is having confidence in God and His Word. This hope is an “anchor of the soul,” (Hebrews 6:19). Hope is an extension of faith. Faith deals with details, hope deals with the “big picture.” Hope is content to leave the large scope with the Lord.
In Romans 4:18 we read, “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations. He did not waver through unbelief regarding the promises of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.” Due to his age, Abraham couldn’t understand how his wife would be able to conceive a child. But he believed God and was hopeful.
Knowing and believing God’s Word and His promises will cause us to be hopeful people. As we allow Christ to live through us during this busy time of the year, we all will have many opportunities to share Jesus with others. Be a hopeful person and be prepared to share Christ with others today. They will thank you and you will be blessed.