The biblical definition of hope is “confident expectation.” Webster defines hope as “to expect or desire or trust something could happen with anticipation.” Hope is a major part of spirituality that we often don’t recognize the importance of having. The scriptures teach us that hope is confident expectation. Romans 8:24-25, ESV: “For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is not seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
When I think of hope, I think of one specific counseling session at the Lovelady Center in which I asked this particular woman just what had been the greatest thing to happen to her to enable the remarkable change in herself and her life. Just what had been the greatest gift Jesus gave her that could make such an overwhelming difference. As I was eagerly awaiting her remarks, she startled me by this one word: HOPE. She had no hope and through meeting Jesus, she had found hope for the future. All of the change in her began with the birth of hope in her spirit of the living God—He has all anyone needs if they will just accept it. She even quoted Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Each woman, each conversation at the Lovelady Center strengthens my faith and teaches me anew that all things are possible through Him. All we need is a little hope to get us started and miraculous things happen. Just watching the Lord work in the lives of these women has forever changed me.
I don’t know where you are today, but I do know this—Jesus is our hope. He is our rock to climb on and hold onto when the water is rising in the floods of life. He is our hope.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13, ESV
Original devotional from Brenda Spahn, author of Miss Brenda and the Loveladies