There is hope in the knowledge of Him. What kind of hope? Hope that God’s Spirit will show us the deep things of God. (1 Corinthians 2). If we, as believers, seek God, we will find Him, when we seek Him with all our hearts. So we can know God and His thoughts which is the greatest of all hopes.
Three things 1 Corinthians 13 says will remain: faith, hope, and love. The hope that remains is hope that will not disappoint for in God’s economy, whatever is hoped for in God’s will, will come true. (Hebrews 10:23 ).
Hope is the certainty that what we desire will come to pass. We must first align our desires with God’s; however, and He will give us the desires of our hearts. (Ps. 37:4) There was a period in my life where I felt I had little to no hope. I was depressed and felt like there was no reason to even live. But the God of all hope lifted me up in due time and He restored my life and my will to keep going.
I could not see, during this period, that God had a plan or a purpose for me. It seemed I had messed up my life beyond repair. But little by little God’s Spirit began to change my heart and my attitude. In one particular episode, in the divorce of my oldest daughter, I felt like I could not hurt any worse. That’s when God did His best work of hope in me. I believed I had failed as a parent until God showed me that His children are all imperfect and He is the perfect parent. And while, in my case, some of the dilemma could possibly have been my doing, as her mother, there was still hope that God could restore and renew what was then broken.
I learned to depend on God solely as I prayed night and day. God gave me verses in His Word that eased my mind and mended my heart. One such verse was Hebrews 7:25b which says… “He ever lives to intercede for you.” The hope in first part of that verse is that He is able to save to the uttermost because He can intercede forever. I knew I could not give up because He never did.
I was estranged from my daughter for 6 weeks, but God allowed me to finally go see her and tell her how much I loved her no matter what she did. There was then hope that the relationship could be healed and indeed that Jesus did intercede and was working to affect change.
Hope was reborn and God did change things. The relationship has been restored and now I believe God when He says not to give up hope. The knowledge of Him and His Word again is our ultimate hope that He will move to act on His Word. When He does we have the confidence that He can do it again. Now that’s a hope we can live with!