I Hope

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:1-6 KJV

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Don’t get your hopes up” ? I have. I’ve said it many times as well. To myself, to my kids, probably even to my sweet man. Expecting a check? Don’t get your hopes up. Expecting a vacation at a certain time of year…don’t get your hopes up…something always happens…But that is not a good attitude. And I know it. I should be planting hope…not ripping it out of the ground. But I just couldn’t help it. I have had my hopes dashed more times than I want to count. But I realize why. Displaced hope.

Hope in God, never disappoints. Never. Ever. Hope in mankind or your circumstances or position in life? Disappointment. I won’t say always, nor will I say 9 times out of 10…or even 50% of the time . . . but I will say many times.

Hope is a wish or desire accompanied by confident expectation of its fulfillment. That’s the definition given by the American Standard Dictionary.

Hope implies contingency. Or, a “hope-so hope”. You ask a student in high school, “Are you going to graduate with honors?” The answer, “I hope so”. Their answer is contingent upon them putting forth every effort and doing everything possible to make it happen. And then hoping that it turns out the way they have planned. But what if they get side tracked? What if they miss some classes due to some unforeseen circumstances…they can only “hope”.

“Will the surgery be successful?” “I hope so. Barring no complications of infection or problems. I hope so.”

But the Biblical term here in these verses is not the hope-so hope…but rather a “know-so hope”. It is absolute. Concrete. Solid. God is the God of hope.

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us-they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation.” Romans 5:3-4 NLT (emphasis mine)

“And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.” Romans 5:5-6 NLT

How I love the fact that every time I place my hopes in Christ I can be confident that it is secure. It is solidified with the power of the Holy Spirit. Immovable. Unshakable. As long as I keep my hope focused on Christ…and not man. Nor me.

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God: Psalm 146:5

The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. Lamentations 3:24-25

My hope is in Him. I have hope. Thank you Father, for the hope in my heart. For the love I feel, even when I am most unloveable. Thank you Lord, for the forgiveness that flowed. From the cross~freely to all who will ask~to all who will believe~to all who will have hope. Thank you Father, for my hope. My hope is in Christ. Thank you for Your nearness. For Your soon coming. Help me Lord to do all I can~help me to hear Your voice. Help me to share that Hope. In Your awesome name I pray~Amen.

About Angie Knight

On a journey with purpose, with my best friend and love of my life! View all posts by Angie Knight

8 responses to “I Hope

  • twinklemom

    Amen!He is such a solid rock and foundation. Great post!

  • Denise

    This was such a wonderful post my dear friend. My hope is in You sweet Lord, only You.

  • Jenileigh

    So true. I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks for the reminder. Great post!

  • Kim

    Anige~THANK-YOU for this post. My heart needed to be reminded about my HOPE.Far to often, as you’ve said:“I should be planting hope…not ripping it out of the ground.”There is MUCH that my family is hoping for….and I’m thankful for your reminder today that regardless of my trials/troubles…I DO have hope in my Lord.Blessing to you today.Kim~

  • Linda

    We seem to be on the same “wave length” quite often Angie. I was writing to someone this morning and was about to type “I hope…” and changed it to “I pray…” After reading your insightful post I think the reason is I don’t want to sound as though I am trusting in some sort of “whim”. Rather our hope is a person – Jesus Christ. When we have our hope in Him, we can be confident that all will be well.Thank you for this Angie. You’ve said it so much better than I could have. Blessings to you friend.

  • elaine

    I need some hope today. Sometimes, it’s so hard to walk the talk. Your words are a powerful reminder to me about where I should turn. peace`elaine

  • Chris

    Amen, Angie!I loved this post on “hope”. Your words were a balm to me and the Scripture you quoted just “hit the spot”. I love you!

  • lori

    One of my favorite songs to sing…..radio blaring..is Third Day’s (they are my guys!!!) “My Hope is in YOU!” I LOVE it!!!If you happen to be next to me at a red light, you’d likely think I’d lost my mind or I’m an American Idol wannabe…but HOPE, it’s all we’ve got!!This was wonderful…you really should SAVE these for CWO…you are up twice in the next 2 weeks…and guess what SO AM I!!! HA! once before you and once after you!!Hugs to you!!I’m going to go out in the driveway, get into the van and SING!! The neighbors, well, they ALREADY talk! Have a great night!hugs….and THANK you for the SWEET comment on my Delaney’s blog…she was tickled!!😉lori

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