What we know: The past has been destroyed by the sacrifice of the Messiah Yeshua [Jesus]. Jesus has defeated death. Jesus rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and sits in authority next to God. Jesus challenges us to step into the future and not be mired in a past that God doesn’t even remember.
What God sees: God doesn’t see our sins. God sees His Son Jesus, crucified and having paid the price for our sins. That is it. The picture is complete. That knowledge leads us to hope.
In Yeshua [Jesus], our future is invincible.
Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Jesus. ~Oswald Chambers
God’s goal: I need to find more hope. God is good and in a good mood. Justice, while lacking here some days, will be done. Beyond faith, I need hope. It is right for me to hope. Hope is the total grounding of my confidence and expectation in God’s goodness and providential care even in the face of trouble.
The broad view: The mere sound of the name of Jesus causes me to remember to hope. I need to focus, with confidence, that what Jesus has promised will happen. Jesus is faithful. Justice will triumph!
Before you know it, his justice will triumph;
the mere sound of his name will signal hope, even
among far-off unbelievers.
Hope can be placed in Scripture as the word of God
Hope is a total grounding of my confidence and expectation in God’s goodness and providential care even in the face of trouble.
- 1 Timothy 4:10 — For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.
- The word of God, gives me hope. In the scripture, I gain assurance of the promises of God, fulfilled by His son Jesus, the Messiah. The scripture encourages me every day. In the scripture, I know that God is love and God is good. Why worry and why not hope?
- Romans 15:4 — For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
- Psalm 119:74 — May those who fear You see me and be glad, because I wait for Your word.
- Acts 26:6 — “And now I am standing trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers.”
- Psalm 119:43 — And do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for I wait for Your ordinances.
- Psalm 119:49 — Remember the word to Your servant, In which You have made me hope.
- Colossians 1:5 — Because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the good news.
- Psalm 119:81 — My soul languishes for Your salvation; I wait for Your word.
- Psalm 119:114 — You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word.
- Psalm 119:147 — I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words.
- Psalm 130:5 — I wait for the Master, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope.
- Isaiah 42:4 — “He will not be disheartened or crushed Until He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law.”