Without God there would be no hope. There would be no hope for today and there would be no hope for tomorrow. Today might look bad and tomorrow might look bleak but there is still hope. I am learning that with Jesus, the hope that is present in my life exceeds the problems, the anxiety and the trials that might come my way. The hope of the Lord can change my world in an instant. I know that meditating on hope has helped me tremendously and I strongly recommend that you do as well. What does the hope of the Lord look like? It looks like the opposite of doubt, bad thoughts, helpless thoughts and anything that might be discouraging you. Sometimes knowing that God is with us is not enough. We need to dig a little deeper and acknowledge Him in all our ways. He is there. He is present and we ought to engage with that truth. We need to be active in our minds and to seek His face. The Lord has all the hope we need. He has all the hope we ignore and all the hope we are not aware of. If we don’t spend time with God and we never open His Word, we can’t expect to have the hope that is needed to face today and tomorrow. Today I want to tell you that no matter what you are facing, there is still hope. Pray to have more hope. Pray to be aware of the hope. Pray you have the power to defeat anything that is sent to you by the enemy.
I remember a time when I had lost hope and I thought I wouldn’t be able to get out of a bad situation. I remember praying and asking for help. I begged God. I got on my knees and prayed. I made sure I was extra nice to everyone. I tried to buy my way out of my trials by being good. None of it worked until I heard inside that there was still hope. I was praying from the wrong angle. I was praying thinking that there was no hope and I gave prayer a shot just in case but hope was not on my radar. No matter what we are going through, the Lord is saying, “There is still hope.” He doesn’t change what He says. He is very consistent. I don’t know who needs to hear this today but believe me when I say that with Jesus there is still hope. There is hope that a miracle will take place. There is hope for restoration. There is hope for healing. There is hope for a solution. There is hope for an increase. There is hope for a blessing. There is hope for a breakthrough. There is hope for a better tomorrow. There is hope for a better today. There is hope for a big change. There is hope for joy. There is hope for peace. There is hope for love. There is hope for more money. There is hope for a job. There is hope for stability. There is still hope!
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.”* There is hope in the Word of God. There is hope all over the Bible. I have seen a big change in my life when I started reading the Word of Hope on a regular basis. Before bed I meditate on the Word of hope. I listen to messages based on the Word of hope. I sing songs inspired by the Word of hope. I speak words from the Word of hope over my life. I hang on to the Word of hope. I trust the Word of hope more and more. I feed on the Word of hope. Everything I do spiritually helps me understand that there is still hope. When something bad happens, the Word of hope rises in me and the Spirit of the Lord reminds me of the promises. Hope is an anchor and we should throw it in the ocean of turmoil and expect that we will be steady and we will be strong when all goes wrong. Friend, there is still hope. Not just because I say it but because the Lord is telling you every day that there is still hope. Take Him at His word. There is still hope for you today and tomorrow so don’t give up. Stay encouraged! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Psalm 147:11; Proverbs 23:18; Romans 15:4*