Day 5: Abound in Hope
“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” -Romans 15:4
I love knowing that I can find hope in the Scriptures. This hope is needed in the most trying of circumstances and is produced by God. The hope God produces is certain. It is guaranteed. It is divine assurance. It is 100% pure hope. God’s hope earns an “A+.”
When our hope comes from God, we have no reason to despair. Because of God’s Word, the situation, the circumstance or the scoreboard, doesn’t matter! Biblical hope can be summarized this way: when you go through crises, challenges, trials. etc., the Holy Spirit empowers you to endure. Your knowledge of Scripture works with the energizing power of the Spirit to enable you to hold on to your hope. How awesome is that? The hope we have in God is at its best in the most trying of circumstances. Why? Because it is supernatural.
We have all experienced trials and tribulations in our lives. And we know more trials and tribulations are going to come. But just because they come does not mean we must lose our hope. The Scriptures tell us to do the opposite, “to abound in hope.”
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13
As we enter a new school year at Point, try reading, memorizing and meditating on the Scriptures so that your hope may abound. Here are a few to consider.
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do accordingly to all that is written therein; for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” -Joshua 1:8
“Those who hope in me (God) will not be disappointed.” -Isaiah 49:23
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” -John 14:12
“Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” -Ephesians 3:20
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” –Philippians 1:6
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
Revelation 22:12 “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”
When you need comfort and encouragement, look to the Scriptures to gain hope for your situation. The Holy Spirit and the Holy Word never fail.
Written by Andre’ Kennebrew, Point University Trustee and Chick-fil-A Sr. Mgr. Talent Acquisition