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God Gives Hope

By Pastor Bob Paquet, Ph.D.
Advisory Board – Hope Ministries

 

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy.” (Proverbs 13:12)      

In a world filled with uncertainty hope is illusive.  Hope requires faith, “… the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.” (Heb11:1) The Bible tells us that, “…faith comes from listening to this message of good news—the Good News about Christ.” (Romans 10:17)  Hope is based on faith which is based on hearing the word of Christ. Hope requires faith in something or someone; hope requires knowledge of the truth.  Often truth is our perception of reality and not reality itself. A bumper sticker says, “God said it, I believe it, that settles it!”  A more “truthful” expression might be, “God said it, that settles it!”  whether we believe it or not makes no difference.  Jesus said some very provocative things, such as, “…I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)  Either He was a liar, a religious fanatic or telling the truth.

For hope to be justified there must be a reasonable expectation that it will be realized.  Much of life is dependent upon false expectations. When these expectations (hopes) are not forthcoming our “heart grows sick” and we are filled with despair. Man offers false hopes – “If you believe as we believe your finances will increase, your marriage will be healed, you will have health, wealth and prosperity, etc.”  The truth is only “God gives hope”. Nothing and no one except God, through Christ, can guarantee anything – we do not even know from one moment to the next if we will be alive. God has some attributes that He does not share with His creation – He knows all things (omniscient), He is everywhere (omnipresent) and He is all powerful (omnipotent) – what He desires to do, He will do.  A loving Father, He desires only good things for His children. (Matthew 7:11)  His Word, “The Bible” is truth.  If we chose to believe this and are willing to live by His truth than we can have true hope – hope that will be fulfilled.– for only, “GOD GIVES HOPE”.  The book of Ecclesiastes starts out with a very depressing and hopeless message, “... Everything is meaningless," says the Teacher, "utterly meaningless!"  What do people get for all their hard work? Generations come and go, but nothing really changes.” (Eccles. 1:1-4) and ends with a resounding truth, “But, my child, be warned: There is no end of opinions ready to be expressed. Studying them can go on forever and become very exhausting! Here is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is the duty of every person. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.” (Eccles. 12:12-14)   

Hope ministries is a Christian counseling center.  If you or someone you know needs “hope” call 482-5300 or toll free 888-905-HOPE.

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