Category Archives: Hope

Rejoicing in Sorrow

Some people try to explain unhappy events as proof that God is not good. But His word helps us accept sorrow by teaching us to rejoice anyway (Rom 12:12). God can and will use unhappy times to help us rejoice (Gen 50:20; Rom 8:28; 5:17; Phil 4:4).

I. THE SERIOUSNESS OF SIN

A. Adam’s warning (Gen 2:17)
B. Mankind’s warning (Rom 1:18)
C. Rejoicing: obedience (Rom 1:16; Acts 8:8, 39; 16:34)

II. THE CERTAINTY OF GOD’S PROMISES

A. Positive ones (Acts 2:38; 1 John 1:9; 2:25; Col 1:5; 1 Pet 5:7; Heb 4:16).
B. Negative ones (Rom 6:23)
C. Rejoicing: eternal life, salvation (Heb 5:8-9; 9:28)

III. TO SEE GOD’S GLORY & TO GLORIFY HIS SON

A. Jesus waited (John 11:6)
B. Jesus promised: resurrection & life (John 11:25-26)
C. Jesus promised: see the glory of God (John 11:40)
D. Jesus raised (John 11:43)
E. Rejoicing: belief (John 11:45)

IV. INVESTMENT IN HEAVEN

A. Treasures in Heaven (Matt 9:19-21)
B. Asleep in Jesus (1 Thess 4:14)
C. Rejoicing: baptism (Rom 6:6-10, 4)

For the Christian, sorrow is NOT dreadful!
A time of rejoicing will follow

Rejoicing in Hope

Some people try to explain unhappy events as proof that God is not good. But His word helps us accept sorrow by teaching us to rejoice anyway (Rom 12:12). God can and will use unhappy times to help us rejoice (Gen 50:20; Rom 8:28; 5:17; Phil 4:4).

I. SERIOUSNESS OF SIN

A. Adam’s warning (Gen 2:17)
B. Mankind’s warning (Rom 1:18)
C. Rejoicing in hope: obedience (Rom 1:16; Acts 8:8, 39; 16:34)

II. CERTAINTY OF GOD’S PROMISES

A. Positive ones (Acts 2:38; 1 John 1:9; 2:25; Col 1:5; 1 Pet 5:7; Heb 4:16).
B. Negative ones (Rom 6:23)
C. Rejoicing in hope: eternal life, salvation (Heb 5:8-9; 9:28)

III. SEE GOD’S GLORY & GLORIFY HIS SON

A. Jesus waited (John 11:6)
B. Jesus promised: resurrection & life (John 11:25-26)
C. Jesus promised: see the glory of God (John 11:40)
D. Jesus raised (John 11:43)
E. Rejoicing in hope: belief (John 11:45)

IV. INVESTMENT IN HEAVEN

A. Treasures in Heaven (Matt 9:19-21)
B. Asleep in Jesus (1 Thess 4:14)
C. Rejoicing in hope: baptism (Rom 6:6-10, 4)

For the Christian, sorrow is NOT dreadful!
A time of rejoicing will follow!

Our Hope is Built

Our Hope Is Built On … What Keeps Us Going (1 Peter 1:3-5).

The early Christians lived in difficult circumstances (1 Pet 1:6; 3:16-17; 4:12). So, Peter gave them the best reasons to keep going (1 Pet 1:3-5). When we forget those reasons, we take detours that lead us toward discouragement and frustration. God has given the Christian a “living hope”. Heaven is a state in which we are awake and alive with acute senses to perceive our wonderful and eternal surroundings. Understanding the “living hope” will give us more joy and satisfaction on the difficult journey we take through life.

I. OUR HOPE IS BUILT

A. On God’s great mercy (1 Pet 1:3; cf. Psa 103:8-18; Heb 4:16)
B. On Jesus’ resurrection (1 Pet 1:3; cf. 1 Cor 15:20, 54-58)
C. On a perfect inheritance (1 Pet 1:4; cf. John 14:2)
D. On God keeping us (1 Pet 1:5)
1. By His power (Heb 2:14; 2 Pet 2:9; 1 Cor 10:13; Jude 24-25; Eph 6:10-13)
2. By our faith (Rev 2:10; Heb 3:12-4:3)

II. OUR HOPE KEEPS US GOING

A. When we make decisions (1 Pet 1:13-21)
B. When we get discouraged (1 Pet 1:6; cf. Rom 8:18; 2 Cor 4:17-18).
C. When telling others about our hope (1 Pet 3:14-15)

Will your hope keep you going-on in faithfulness to Christ
as you face difficult faith-testing circumstances? — B. Jennings

“Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
when the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift or firm remain?”

— Pricilla J. Owens

What Hope Looks Like

What does it mean to have hope in God? It means we have a desire and expectation for what He has promised (Acts 24:15; 1 Tim 1:1; Titus 1:1-3). But why do hope in God? It is because we trust Him. There are 3 attributes of trust in God, which leads to hope.

I. TRUSTING GOD’S POWER

A. To HOPE in God is to TRUST His power (ability).

1. The Israelites placed their trust in God’s power (Exo 15:1-13).

2. So must we, and for similar reasons (Eph 3:20-21).

a. Food (Matt 6:11). Livelihood (Eph 4:28; Psa 37:25). Health (Jas 5:15). Spiritual protection (Matt 6:13). Opportunities to teach the gospel (1 Cor 16:9; Rev 3:8). A quiet & peaceable nation (1 Tim 2:2).

b. Our eternal salvation, resurrection (1 Peter 1:3-9; 1 Cor 6:14; 2 Cor 13:4).

II. TRUSTING GOD’S WISDOM

A. To HOPE in God is to TRUST His wisdom.

1. Naaman was finally convinced of God’s wisdom (2 Kings 5).

2. Daniel prayed for God’s wisdom (Daniel 2:19-22; Psa 139:12).

III. TRUSTING GOD’S GOODNESS (KINDNESS, VIRTUE, BENEFICENCE, UPRIGHTNESS)

A. To HOPE in God is to TRUST His goodness.

1. God is merciful toward His children (Matt 7:11; Rom 2:4, 7; 11:22).

2. His goodness is to come out in our actions (2 Thess 1:11-12).

“When we walk with the Lord, in the light of His Word, what a glory He sheds on our way. While we do His good will, He abides with us still, and with all who will trust and obey.” John H. Sammis, 1887

How Hope Abides

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). And earth life is God’s season of hope for man — a time when man looks to but sees not the reward his Maker has promised. “Hope that is seen is not hope: for who hopeth for that which he seeth” (Romans 8:24). It is “now,” Paul writes, that hope “abideth” (1 Corinthians 13:13).

Hope abides when there exists both the reality of a reward and the longing expectation of man’s heart. Take away the mansions in heaven or the assurance of man’s faith — and hope no longer remains for Christians. Hope combines man’s expectant trust with God’s faithful promises. Hope therefore abides because:

God abides. The Christian’s hope is contingent on the very being of God Himself. Eliminate God and hope is as fleeting as a vanishing mirage. Hope is in the Almighty God Who raised Jesus from the dead, in the abiding God Who is “from everlasting to everlasting” (1 Peter 1:21; Psalm 90:2). If God is dead, as the modernists gleefully proclaimed in the ‘60s, then Christians are as the Gentiles once were — “without hope” because they are “without God” (see Ephesians 2:12). It is, however, the image of God the modernists created in their finite minds that died in the ‘60s. God, as His Son whom He raised, is the “First and the Last” and, as His Son, is alive forever more (see Revelation 1:8, 17–18). The Almighty abides to bring forth from the graves men’s vile bodies; to resurrect them unto the likeness of His own Son (see Philippians 3:20–21).

God promised. Hope is likewise based on the promise of God. He it is Who announced through Jesus, “great is your reward in heaven” and “in my Father’s house are many mansions” (Matthew 5:12; John 14:1–2). One writer directs Christians to the time of Abraham to assure them that hope abides as an anchor of the soul — both “sure” and “steadfast” (Hebrews 6:13–19). Abraham hoped in God for years that he would receive a seed and become a great nation. The father of many nations neither staggered nor wavered in unbelief but in “hope believed against hope” (Romans 4:18–20). Despite his own old age and the deadness of Sarah’s womb, the certainty of that hope was secured in the patriarch’s mind by the promise of God, a promise God combined with an oath. Because of two immutable things in which it is impossible for God to lie — His promise and His oath — Abraham waited patiently and the promise was fulfilled. The hope was as sure as God’s promise.

God is faithful. God, it is clear, must be true to both Himself and His word. Man’s lack of faith does not affect the faithfulness of God. Though every man be found a liar — “let God be found true,” Paul argues (Romans 3:3–4). In the whole of revelation from the promise of a redeemer to the promises to Abraham and to Israel, God has shown man He “will in no wise fail” him and “will in no wise forsake” him (see Hebrews 13:5). Abraham became a mighty nation, Israel inherited a land, and the world received a redeemer because God can neither deny Himself nor His word. Because God is faithful hope abides. Man believes. Despite the Being, promises, faithfulness, and rewards of God, hope abides only when man by faith holds in his heart the “the assurance of things hoped for” and the “conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Moses, as Noah, Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac, was by faith convicted “of things not seen” and, as a result, “looked unto the recompense of reward” (Hebrews 11:26). Moses relinquished the pleasures of sin because of faith; the leader of Israel suffered affliction with the people of God because of faith; the lawgiver gave up sin and endured ill-treatment because of faith — a faith that saw the invisible, unseen reward God had promised. When man’s faith is united with God and His word — hope abides. Jesus opened the way unto heaven through the veil of His flesh by His resurrection from the dead and His ascension to God’s right hand (see Hebrews 10:19–20). We who know God believe in His Being and His word and have confidence in that unseen reward He has promised. Amidst this earthly scene (the season of hope), hope abides in the patient, expectant hearts of believers; it is that abiding hope that anchors Christians, binds them to purity, moves them to fruitfulness, and upholds them in affliction (see Hebrews 6:18–19; 1 John 3:3; Colossians 1:5–7; Hebrews 11:24–27). — By L. A. Stauffer