Holding Onto Hope

From the Principal's Desk, published in the Lion's Roar on January 7, 2015

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”  Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)

 

Hope is such an interesting concept. The amazing qualities of hope are even recognized and celebrated by non-believers. A quick “Google” reveals article upon article focusing on the amazing power of hope in people’s lives.  It shouldn’t surprise us that hope can also be so easily misunderstood; the enemy of hope is determined to make it seem like a lie.

 

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13 (NIV) 

 

God is the Author of hope, and He wants to fill each of us with hope by His Spirit. When Googling for the above articles, you’ll also notice how the world doesn’t seem to notice the source of hope. Hope is actually a gift given to us by God. The purpose of hope is to strengthen our faith in a faithful God.  Its purpose is not to strengthen us to be able to stand on our own two feet. Rather, hope is designed to cause us to hold more confidently to the One who is faithful.

 

Additionally, hope is not just a feel-good thought that simply places mind over matter, like many skeptics would have us believe.  It’s real and available to all. Peter writes in 1 Peter 1:3, “Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (NIV). Lasting and living hope comes only through Jesus.


Sometimes it’s hard to understand what we’re supposed to “hope in,” especially when we’re stuck in the mode of trying to see ahead into the future… when we’re trying to figure out what God is surely trying to do through the difficult circumstances we often face. In reality, not knowing ahead of time exactly how God will work it all out is part of the gift of hope! That’s actually how God strengthens our faith in Him!


Our hope is not in the expected answers for which we pray. Instead, our hope is in the God to whom we pray. Our hope is in His perfect character...His perfect running record...His perfect promises.  Our hope is in the One who is perfectly faithful.


Can you imagine how unlikely you would be to hold on tight to something you were not convinced was worth holding onto? It’s unthinkable. God’s willingness to allow us to face struggles in order to build our faith in His faithfulness enables us to cling fast and unswervingly to the hope we profess.


May we encourage one another this year to hold unswervingly to the hope we profess. We serve a mighty and faithful God. He is doing a good work in our midst! Hold onto hope!