Hope is a strange thing. Even when you try to ignore it, it can pop up. When there seems to be no hope, hope whispers to us and revives.

Hope can do damage, such as the gambling addict who is spurred on by the hope of a win. On the other hand, hope can rescue someone who is on the verge of despair.

Consequently, it is important that we have hope in the right thing. We do not want to hope in vain — we want to base our hope on truth. The Psalmist says the Lord is our hope, that we are to rejoice in hope, and that we are to hope in God’s Word (or promises). The word “hope” is used no less than 143 times in the Bible.

Ultimately, our hope is in Christ. As we put our faith in Christ and come to know Him as personal Savior, hope is fulfilled in us. In fact, the Apostle Paul, in Colossians 1:27, assures us of “Christ in you — the hope of glory.”

Pastor Jim

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