I love the word hope. I love what it represents. Wish for, look forward to, desire...
I might hope I stay healthy this winter, hope Ryan gets a nice bonus, hope our cars continue to run, hope to lose a few pounds, hope to one day become an organized person. These are things I hope for.
But who is my hope in? Where does my hope come from?
The Bible has plenty to say about hope...
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:5
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. Psalm 33:20
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. Psalm 130:5
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4
Our hope ultimately needs to be in the Lord, His Word and His Laws. He is the ultimate hope. He is the creator of Hope. This is one of my favorite hope verses:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
God doesn't want us to have just a touch of hope...he wants us to overflow with hope. How do we do that? Romans tells us that we need to trust in God in order to overflow with hope. So without trust, can there be hope?
For many of us, some days we are much more hopeful than others depending on our mood, our circumstances, etc. But when we serve a God of hope - and we trust in Him - our hope cannot and should not be dependent on anything besides Him.
That's when we'll discover and live lives O V E R F L O W I N G with hope.