“As for us, our hope is that God will put us right with him” Gal. 5:5
Phil and Fred were neighbors and men who had professed Christ for many years. One day, while chatting over coffee at the local coffee shop, Fred confessed to feelings of sadness and concern over his failing health and financial insecurity.
“I never thought I’d end up like this,” said Fred. “I used to be strong and healthy with plenty of money to take care of us. And now, I have trouble getting out of my easy chair most days and the money…well we barely eek out a living.”
“I understand exactly what you are saying, Fred. We’re in pretty much the same boat. Although my aches and pains are not quite as severe, the money situation is bleak with no signs of change on the horizon. Good thing our hope is in the Lord as our provider. And beyond our life here with the daily challenges, Fred, we have the blessed hope of eternal salvation with the Lord. And guess what, my friend, life will be perfect then. No aches or pains and no money problems at all.”
“Well I sure hope so,” Fred said with little enthusiasm. “I guess I don’t think about that very much anymore. Seems like the body falling apart combined with rising costs gets me down.”
“That’s only normal but you and I have that special hope, Fred. We all feel down or hopeless from time to time but our faith in the Lord can bring us out of those feelings. When you said, ‘I sure hope so’ I thought of so many verses in the Bible that mention hope.” Taking his smart phone, Phil opened his Bible app and Fred followed suit.
Rom. 12:12 Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times.
Rom. 15:13 May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Gal. 5:5 As for us, our hope is that God will put us right with him; and this is what we wait for by the power of God’s Spirit working through our faith.
Now this is a wonderful hope that is based not on human arguments but on the power of God’s Spirit working through our faith!
John 10:10-11 I came that [you] may have life, and have it abundantly. “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
1 Peter 1:3-5 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
“After reading these verses you can feel His Spirit wrap His arms around you and give you a great big hug, can’t you? It’s like taking a hose to a dirty car, watching that dirt flow away as the powerful surge of clear water washes it clean. God loves for us to come to Him when we feel down, Fred, so He can wash away our troubling feelings and replace them with His eternal assurances. Here, He says, give me your problems and I’ll replace them with my love, forgiveness and strong courage. I will never leave you or forsake you!”
John 10:27-30 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”
John 6:35-40 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”
1 John 4:4 But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.
Romans 8:38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
2 Corinthians 5:17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
Matthew 11:28-30 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Our faith has established our eternal future and God has promised to keep that future secure. What we hope for will, at last, become reality with God.