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Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Only Place to Find Hope

In review of Romans 15:13 it tells me, “May God, the source of hope, fill me with joy and peace through my faith in him. Then I will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (GW).

God, the source of my hope. My faith in him will fill me with joy and peace. The Holy Spirit will help remind me of this hope. I should remember that he is not only the source of hope for my salvation but the hope for everything. I should use this as encouragement for having hope and distilling the same in others

Is there hope?” This is a fundamental question of life. It’s asked every day by countless people in countless ways: when sitting in the doctor’s office awaiting test results, when a couple puts months and months into counseling and gets nowhere, when dealing with a tax accountant in bankruptcy court, or when a family hears their child is missing.

We can survive 40 days without food, three days without water, eight minutes without air. But I can’t last a single second without hope. It’s an essential part of life. When hope is gone, life is over.

Unfortunately, people are looking for hope in all the wrong places. They look for it in their relationships, in self-help books, in religion, and in self-righteousness.

But God’s Word reminds me, there is only one place to find real hope. This hope is found by turning to God.

I need this kind of hope. And it’s only available through a relationship with Jesus Christ. When I trust in him, the Holy Spirit works in me to fill me with hope that God is in control, he loves me, and he is working for my good. That kind of hope will lift me from despair and give me room to breathe.

In summary God is the source of hope. I am filled with joy and peace through my faith in him. He is not only the hope for my salvation, but the hope for everything. I should use this as encouragement for having hope and distilling the same in others. I can go without out a lot of things (food, water and air) for a small period of time, but really can't last a single moment without hope. For without hope, life if over. True hope is only available through a relationship with Jesus. When I trust in him, the Holy Spirit works in me to fill me with the hope that God is in control, that he loves me, and that he is working for my good. 

This reminds me of some things I overheard from members of my team yesterday. They seem to have lost hope that proper communication and consideration at work would take place. They seem to have given up on sincere caring. I didn’t do anything to help restore any of their confidence in caring and doing what is right. Perhaps this is because I was feeling the same way.

Today Father, I thank you for the reminder of hope, not only my hope in you, but for the hope that I should help instill in others. I pray this morning for you continued influence and wisdom for the doctors who are helping me understand, diagnosis and assist with the swelling I had been experiencing. I thank you for the relief you have given me so far. I ask today for your wisdom and guidance in what I do, how I lead and how I interact with others.

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