10 Reasons For Daily Hope
Psychologist William Marston asked 3,000 people this question: “What do you have to live for?” 94 percent responded that they were merely enduring their lives, hoping someday that things would get better.
I suppose that this is an expression of hope to a small degree, hoping that the future will be better than the past or present. Yet, this seems so inadequate. If our only encouragement is found in hoping for a better tomorrow, is this an adequate hope?
The Bible also offers hope for the present. If our lives demonstrate our living hope, it will be an irresistible testimony to the reality of our faith in the living God.
1 Peter 1:3 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”
1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…”
Can you give a reason for having hope in your daily struggle?
If asked, could you give reasons for the hope that you have within you?
Is your hope obvious to the people around you?
Do people notice a difference about your attitude?
10 Reasons For Your Present Hope
- God loves you and called you by name (1 John 3:1, Jude 1:1, John 10:3)
- God will never abandon you (Hebrews 13:5)
- God is working in every situation for your good (Romans 8:28)
- God is available instantly through prayer (Heb 4:16)
- God will give you strength for every crisis (Philippians 4:13, Isaiah 41:10)
- God is guiding your life (John 10:3-4, Psalm 32:8)
- God is aware of every detail of your life (Psalm 139)
- God forgives your sins and erases your guilt (1 John 1:9)
- God is in absolute control of all things (Jeremiah 32:17-21, Acts 17:26)
- God has a purpose for your life (Ephesians 2:10, Jeremiah 29:11)
It is God’s will for us to be an irresistible church; genuine in our harmony and love for each other and showing in our lives the hope that we have in Christ.
Adrian Rogers tells of some early gold prospectors who one day struck an exceptionally rich vein of gold in the hills. One of them said, “Hey, we’ve got it made as long as we don’t tell anybody else about this before we stake our claims.” So they vowed to keep the secret.
Because they needed more tools and provisions they headed for town. After buying their supplies they hurried back to their gold strike. But they weren’t alone; nearly the entire town followed them.
No, they hadn’t told anyone, their discovery was written all over their faces.
So it will be with our church if our faces reflect the hope that we have.