Biblical hope does not mean to “hope” that God exists, but rather, because we know He exists we have hope! Brenna (my lovely wife)
|Daniel Knew his God ...do you?|
My wife and I were discussing daily devotions when out of nowhere she just blurted out the above. I was taken back because of the depth of what she was pondering. Isn’t it so!! There are so many who share their requests to the Lord beginning with “I hope.” For instance, “I hope He hears me” or “I hope He is there” or “I hope I can be counted worthy enough for Him to see what I am going through.” Faith is the ability to believe God always hears an honest request because our “Hope” in Him is not wishful but sure. The Apostle Paul stated:
7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; Philippians 3:7-9 (NKJV)
The maturing believer knows that nothing in our lives will separate us from His listening ear. Oh how I thank Him for His goodness to us. I believe it was David Jeremiah who was stating on his radio program how much God gets a “tickle” out of watching His children enjoy the good gifts He gives them. How opposite a picture that represents when one contrasts it with how most Christians view the Father. We often look at God with fearful eyes and trembling faithless hearts thinking He is a destroyer of life instead of a giver. But the only real time I see the Lord in the role of “tearing down” is when we have built something that hinders another from seeing God in truth—as a God of Justice, immeasurable love and One who lives to bring as many as will hear Him into His fold. It’s when we knowingly walk in the flesh that our prayers are hindered and He must begin His disciplinary process. If that is not you then have hope! If it is you then have hope still, because the Lord only disciplines those He loves, Heb. 12:7-12.
True “Hope” in God sustains us in our daily walk because we know He hears us because we are His children. And “Perfect love (His love) casts out all fear!