Hope: A Strong and Confident Expectation
By Terry Angles | 3/24/2020

The Coronavirus has captured the attention of Americans.  It has created fear, which is contagious and paralyzes people.   


People feel a loss of control, especially in a circumstance like this that is unprecedented.   Panic is everywhere including stocking up on strange things like toilet paper.  When you don’t know what is going to happen, you lose HOPE.

 

What is hope?  Hope is generally defined as “to wish for, to expect, but without certainty of the fulfillment; to desire very much, but with no real assurance of getting your desire.”  


This type of hope is dangerous and can lead to depression, frustration, and anxiety.

 

In contrast the Bible speaks a great deal about hope, but it means “a strong and confident expectation.”  This kind of hope can only come from God.  


Consider the following verses:

 

  • When the nations of Israel were in dire need God wrote this in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.  “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”
  •  Romans 15:13, “So I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him.  May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit

 

Remember God is in total control.   In these uncertain times we must place our trust in God, who would never allow anything to happen to us that would destroy His purpose or benefit for our lives.  


Our hope in God’s power will dictate our perspective, and remember it is more powerful than fear.  





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