By Arch Hoercher
Do you ever feel that you have lost hope? Do you have days that are full of hope and other days that you feel that there is no hope at all? Have you lost hope in our government? Is there any hope for this country? Have you lost hope in ever getting your family back together again?
Your doctor has just told you that you have cancer. Is there any hope? Your boss just told you that you have been fired from your job of 30 years. What hope do you have? Your spouse just told you that they want a divorce. What hope do I have? Your child does not know Jesus as their personal savior. Do they have any hope?
Hope. It can be a very fragile thing. So, what is it? What is hope? It is not “I hope my team wins the Super Bowl” or “I hope I get that raise” or “I hope that I don’t get sick” or “I hope that I can get that new car next week”. These are human hopes. They have to do more with a “hope-so” or wishing for the best or waiting to see what happens and “hoping” that everything turns out well. You cannot rely on worldly hope. It will most always disappoint you.
Now, on the other hand, is Biblical hope. It is not a “hope-so” but it is a “know-so”. Biblical hope is an anchor for the soul. Human hope, such as wishing that it might rain, is wishful thinking and it cannot be depended upon. It has no power to bring anything to pass. Biblical hope is grounded in the very Word of God. It is as solid as a rock. This hope is founded in the promises of God. And the Bible tells us that God cannot lie. It is impossible for God to lie. If God makes a promise, it will be kept – no exceptions. The Christian has a hope that is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). It is a hope that is founded in trust and is held up by faith. A faith that cannot be moved by circumstances or that the eyes see because an unseen God is seen in His faithfulness.
Because of God’s promises, Noah built a very large boat, Abraham went to an unknown place, Joshua led a nation into unfriendly and hostile lands, David took out a giant with a little rock, and Paul learned what true grace is. The point is that all these great persons of the Bible trusted in God’s promises. There are many others who trusted God’s promises – leaders, soldiers, men, women, the free and the slave. They all trusted in God and trusted in the promises they had been given. We can count on God’s promises because “He never changes or casts a shifting shadow” (James 1:17 NLT). “God can be trusted to keep His promises” (Hebrews 10:23 NLT). “God is able to do whatever He promises” (Romans 4:21). “It is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18 NLT).
A seminary student who must not have had anything better to do counted all of God’s promises given in the Bible, from the 1st page of Genesis to the last page of Revelation. The number is astounding. He counted 7,487 promises given by God. That is a lot of promises. And guess what, God will keep every one of them. He is a “promise keeper”.
There is no real and lasting hope in mankind. Hope will not be found in government, the news media, or in Hollywood. There is no hope in mankind, circumstances, or in any other thing in the entire world but “we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:10) because “Jesus Christ is our hope” (1 Timothy 1:1). Paul’s wish or desire for all mankind is that “the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13).
When bad things happen and you become discouraged and full of fear and believe that there is no hope, stand upon the promises of God. You can count on God. He cannot lie and He keeps His promises. His power is without limit. He is the creator of all things. Study His Word, the revelation of all His promises and the source of all hope. Trust God. Trust leads to hope which builds faith. Faith leads to joy and the elimination of fear. So to answer the original question, “Is there any hope”? The answer is found in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is hope.