The Cambridge dictionary says that hope is “to want something to happen or to be true, and usually have a good reason to think that it might”.
As Christians our hope is more than just wishing for something good to happen.
Hebrews 6:19 tells us that hope is the anchor of our soul. Our hope, our anchor is God Himself, His Word, His promises, His salvation and promise for a purposeful life here on earth and an eternity with Him.
But what happens when we lose hope?
Lost hope can result in a lack of energy, motivation and passion. It is a powerful emotion which can lead to negative thinking about ourselves, our circumstances and the world around us and can lead to depression and isolation.
There may be times when we will need to speak with a professional, such as a counsellor, to help us through times of hopelessness and depression.
As Christians, we can also find comfort and strength in God and His Word.
As we read and meditate on God’s Word we can not only draw strength from it but we can also allow God’s truth to renew our minds and our thinking.
Scripture Journaling is a great way to spend time with God and His Word and soak up the truth of the hope God gives us.
You can use the following verses as a starting point. Take them one at a time and, as you meditate on them, allow God to speak His truth into you and allow His Word to transform you and your thinking.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” says Yahweh, “thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope and a future”.
Rejoicing in hope; enduring in troubles; continuing steadfastly in prayer.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit
1 Corinthians 13:13
But now faith, hope, and love remain—these three. The greatest of these is love
1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
Indeed surely there is a future hope, and your hope will not be cut off.
1 Thessalonians 1:3
Remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labor of love and perseverance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father.
Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.
Let’s hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering; for he who promised is faithful.
Behold, Yahweh’s eye is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his loving kindness.
You are my hiding place and my shield. I hope in your word.
Israel, hope in Yahweh, for there is loving kindness with Yahweh. Abundant redemption is with him.
“Yahweh is my portion,” says my soul. “Therefore I will hope in him.”
Not only this, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope: and hope doesn’t disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
1 Thessalonians 5:8
But since we belong to the day, let’s be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; neither will there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more. The first things have passed away.”
Remember, God loves you, He chose you, He is with you and He has a wonderful plan for your life.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”. Philippians 1:6