“My soul fainteth for thy salvation:
but I hope in thy word.”
Psalm 119:18, KJV
Hope mends a broken heart. Hope strengthens the weary soul. Hope brings life to the dying but only to the degree of the foundation of our hope.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians concerning hope or confidence placed in our personal determination—
- to put on a happy face,
- to walk in our strength when the road is rough,
- to press on when there is no where to go—in short, our self-will, works, or status.
Paul writes, these things’ worth is like dung—that’s right, manure—when compared to the value of knowing Christ Jesus.
and I count all things but loss
for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord:
for whom I have suffered the loss of all things,
and count them but dung,
that I may win Christ,
And be found in him,
not having my own righteousness, which is of the law,
but that which is through the faith of Christ,
the righteousness which is of God by faith:”
Philippians 3:8,9, KJV
Hope we place in our ceremonial rites, our government, our family heritage, or even our zeal for right, is not hope built on a solid foundation … it will leave us hopeless. Full assurance of the thing desired waits for those who—
hope in thy word.
God’s word. For—
“thy word is truth …
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God …
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
(and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)
full of grace and truth …
grace and truth came by Jesus Christ …
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way,
and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
John 17:17b; 1:1,14, 17b; 14:7, KJV
Because Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the living Word of God and Jesus is truth, God’s word is truth. Truth gives full assurance of hope. We don’t have to wonder if God’s word will come to pass. When he speaks to us through his written word or his living Word—it has happened, is happening, or will happen. No lie of Satan swallowed by people, no unbelief will change the truth, nor God’s performing the truth of his word.
“There are many devices in a man’s heart;
the counsel of the LORD,
that shall stand …
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD,
and whose hope the LORD is …
Heaven and earth shall pass away:
but my words shall not pass away …
BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURETH FOR EVER.
And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
Proverbs 19:21; Jeremiah 17:7; Luke 21:33;1 Peter 1:25, KJV
We can know God and trust his word through God the Spirit dwelling in us.
“Howbeit when he,
the Spirit of truth, is come,
he will guide you into all truth:
for he shall not speak of himself;
but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak:
and he will shew you things to come.
He shall glorify me:
for he shall receive of mine,
and shall shew it unto you.”
John 16;13-14, KJV
We have three witnesses of the truth of God’s word that makes it trustworthy for hope—The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Their words will always—
- speak truth,
- and glorify the Father.
With prayer and study of the word we can be filled with hope that is fully assured, backed by the Lord God himself.
- Pray to,
“be filled with the knowledge of his will
in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;”
Colossians 1:9b, KJV
- Be in the word to aid in answering your prayer as you—
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15, KJV
- When your hope leaves you ashamed, look to the one who is hope—
“which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Christ in us is our healer, our strength, our life. He is our hope of glory—our full assurance we will complete our journey in victory.
How has Christ given you hope when hope seemed impossible?