In today's world none of us are without troubles. AS I write this devotion, I am recovering from an absolutely horrible day! We face problems everyday - some large - some small, but problems just the same. No matter what we go through, we cannot lose hope!
The definition of HOPE is "a feeling of expectation or desire for a certain thing to happen." Hope for the unbeliever is more like "wishful thinking". We hope we can get the job. We hope we get better. We hope we can have a child.... (WISHFUL THINKING).
When you are a believer in Jesus Christ - hope takes on a whole new dimension. This hope turns from wishful thinking to a "confident assurance." We can have this confident assurance because our faith is not based on "wishing" as the world does, but instead in BELIEVING IN WHAT OUR GOD CAN AND WILL DO. This hope in Christ Jesus is really the very essence of the Christian's faith.
READ: Isaiah 43:1-3 "Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, Your Savior.
Spend some time today meditating on Isaiah 43:2. This is God's promise to you personally. Let that sink in.... the scripture tells us that we will go through deep waters, rivers or difficulty and fires of oppression. But the promise is: The Holy One of Israel WILL BE WITH YOU, YOU WILL NOT DROWN, AND THE FLAMES WILL NOT CONSUME YOU!!!! Now that is hope for whatever you are going through!!!
If you don't have this hope that Christ gives, please contact me using the form below. I would be happy to pray with you to receive Christ as your Savior and Lord of your life. I want you to experience that HOPE that comes only from Jesus.