We hear a lot in our world today about the imperative importance of hope. Yet, in large measure, hopelessness is far too often evidenced. Our hope must be rooted and grounded in an eternal design, not on temporal desires. If we think theologically through the issue of biblical hope, even in human crisis, we will be able to understand its dynamic, from God's perspective.
In looking at the Romans 15:13 passage, there are three aspects of biblical hope that stand out:
1. God is the source of hope. It cannot be obtained from any temporary earthly person, possession or promise.
2. Salvation brings joy and peace to our hearts.
3. Obedience to the words of Scripture causes our hearts to overflow with hope.
On the premise of those three scriptural tenets, hope becomes only sincere desire If founded upon transient and moveable uncertainties. However, when our confidence is based upon the eternally infallible, inerrant Word of God, there is true biblical hope.
If I am to have His hope, I must first ask the question, "Do I know the joy and peace of a personal relationship with Christ?" Secondly, I must ask "is my life dominated by the Spirit of God, controlled and regulated in submission to His Word?"
A demonstration of His hope will allow others to see Jesus, and according to Psalm 49:3, trust Him, too.
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