Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. Hebrews 11:1
A few years ago, I was working on some conceptional ideas for a Christmas production. One of the ladies I was running ideas with said, I really feel like people need hope around this time of year. To be honest at the time I was thinking to myself… ”hope is so cliché.” I had never really thought about the word hope before, then the Lord began to lead me on this journey to discovering what hope really means for Christ followers.
In the past when I had thought of the word hope I related it to phrases like, “well I hope one day this will happen,” or “I hope the things God told me will come true?” I honestly thought the word hope was for people who just didn’t have enough faith to carry them from one place to the next, and that they didn’t fully trust God.
One day the Lord began speaking to me about how we need hope in order to have faith. He said, faith is when you believe in the promise, and you know that one day you will see it come to pass. Hope is the feeling of expectation that what you are believing for in faith is really possible.
Hope is what God gives us to encourage us to keep believing in faith. Hope is what ignites our hearts, and allows us to see the things we are believing for are actually possible through faith in the Lord. An example of hope could possibly be an encouraging word a friend gives us that helps us know we are on track, or a circumstance that could only have come from God and helps us see that things we have been believing for are beginning to unfold. It’s those tid-bits of hope that keep us believing in faith that our promises will one day become a reality if we do not give up!
“Hope differed makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12
When we continue to stay in faith, but never really see any progress we can become hopeless. Like Proverbs 13:12, says that “hope differed makes the heart sick”. When we begin to see the puzzle pieces of the things we are believing for come together this brings us hope. Hope is the fuel for our faith, and it will help us continue to stay on the course that God has for us.
I want to encourage you to ask God to send you some hope today for your future. Allow Him to show you the things you are putting your faith towards are beginning to move into fruition even if the process feels slow. We need those tidbits of hope in our lives to lift us up so we can continue to have faith for the promises God gives us.
“For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11