HIDDEN HOPE

Andy Hollifield 5-31-18
Psalms 33:18 Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.
Psalms 147:11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
Lamentations 3:21-22 This I recall to mind, therefore have I hope. (22) It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
1 Corinthians 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
The word “hope” appears in the bible 129 times. I have written before on hope but I believe it is necessary again. We all need reminding sometimes. “Hope” is defined as “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.” That is quoting from dictionary.com. If you look at Psalms 33:18 above, my prayer is that the Lord is far more merciful to us than what we appear to be hoping in him. Can we really be pleasing to God when we don’t prove ourselves to be trusting and hoping in him? How can we be blessed if we don’t have our trust in him? My hope goes far beyond this life and into the next one.
I enjoy talking about my hope in Christ. I have seen some circumstances when that was all I had was my hope in him. There comes times in life when we have to do like Abraham in Romans 4:18 “Who against hope believed in hope.” We occasionally encounter those times when realistically we have no reason to hope. Truth be known; when we have no hope he is our hope. In 1 Peter 3:15 the bibles tells us to “…Be ready to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you…” To read some of the things you find on social media, you would think God was dead or unable to take care of his own people. It seems that every other post is either about someone “reporting themselves safe during the flooding” or someone complaining about Roseanne Barr’s tweets like her opinion has some relevance to anything. If that is what your hope is in, you have more problems than you know. I have to tell you, I understand the rational to a point but the fact is that I have hope in my God.
The reason I titled this like I did is because if we do have any hope, we seem to be putting all of our interest on things of the world and keeping the hope of Christ hidden in our lives. If you begin to look at a lot of the things going on around us in the world, outside of God and his mercies, we don’t have any hope. But, if you begin to read some of the scriptures pertaining to hope, it won’t take long before hope is renewed in our lives. Just as I remember writing in my very first post that I did, if you are counting on any politician regardless of their affiliation; prepare to be disappointed. It doesn’t matter who it is, it wont take long before they have disapointed you. If you are counting on material things such as money and homes and prestige you will find out that they are only temporary and can be gone in a matter of a few seconds. A fire, an earthquake, a flood or for that matter a thief, can take all your hope away in a matter of minutes.
I am grateful for the mercies of God. I know what he has done in the past in my life therefore have I hope. Those of us that are born again, have not seen a day without hope since then. As Paul said in Hebrews 6:19 after talking about the hope that is set before us said, “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.” In short, our hope is anchored in the throne room of God. Sure and steadfast and fastened down. Immovable and unchangeable. As Paul said in verse 18, it is impossible for God to lie. Jeremiah said that we would be blessed if our trust was in the Lord. What more could we ask for in these troubled and perilous times? We have that precious hope of Christ returning to take us to be with him. Don’t get bogged down in the mud pits of this world and keep your hope hidden. If you share it with someone, then they can have hope also. Hidden hope helps no one. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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