As we begin the new year, make our new year’s resolutions, and set goals for ourselves and our families, I encourage us all to hold on to hope: hope in hard times, and hope for the future.
We often use the word hope very casually: “I hope that we make it on time. I hope we have enough money for that.” But hope is much bigger than that! From the words of one of my favorite worship songs, “Hope has a name - His name is Jesus.”
Hope in Jesus is putting our whole trust in Him, knowing that He is in control of everything and knowing that He has amazing things prepared for us.
We can put our hope in God during hard times. Scripture tells us that we will go to tribulations and trials. The hope that we have is that He will guide us through those hard times and that he is perfecting us and working everything out for our good and His glory. “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 3:5
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
We can put our hope in God for our future. We don't know what the future will bring but we know that God will be with us every step of the way. John Piper put it this way, “God’s providence is not a code to be deciphered, it’s a plan to be trusted.” This hope and trust in Him not only brings us peace, but it is so exciting to be able to put all of our hope in an all knowing all powerful God who cares about every detail of our lives. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11
Finally, biblical hope is a reality and not a feeling. Biblical hope has no doubt. Biblical hope is our foundation upon which we base our lives as Christians, knowing that God always keeps His promises to us. May you have a wonderful New Year and may you hold on to hope in Jesus all year round!
by Leo Acosta, HCS Board of Directors Treasurer