Glow: Here to Hope

Hope is a common word in scripture and it’s one that we use at Mosaic a lot. Hope, like light, never seems to quite go out. Maybe it’s because, when we put our hope in Jesus, it never can. Hebrews 16:9 reminds us that hope is an anchor for our souls. It is the thing that keeps us grounded when things around us are swirling or chaotic.

Faith shows the reality of what we hope for;
it is the evidence of things we cannot.
–
Hebrews 11:1NLT

Part of being the light of the world means, in a sense, being hope dealers for others. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that hope activates faith so people with big faith have an even bigger hope. We need faith for the present but we need hope for the future.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.
–
Proverbs 13:12 NLT

Proverbs tells us what we may already know – that sometimes things in our lives don’t seem to go our way and when it feels like things are never going to change for us it can bring about a deep sadness.

When this happens, we wonder if we should try or even care any more. Giving up feels like an option because it’s hard to see how anything could be different. We get stuck in a season, a job, a relationship or a pattern.

But Jesus illustrates in John 4:4-18 how we can be a voice of hope in this world. He intentionally had conversations with people who were marginalized to show us that people’s lives are complicated but one conversation can change the course of a person’s life.

In this story, Jesus asks a samaritan woman who is drawing water from a well for a drink but she tells Jesus that he has nothing to use to draw water. Ironically, the Hebrew word for hope is tikvah, which comes from a root word that means to bind, to wait for. It is also a word that means rope.

Could Jesus be giving her hope as the rope to draw living water? He gave her hope and it changed her life.

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
–2 Timothy 1:6 NLT

In his letter to Timothy, Paul reminds him to fan into flame what God has put inside of him. It is hope that fans the flame of faith inside of us.

What do you need to do to fan into flame the hope inside of you? Who can you deal hope to today?

For more on hope you can watch or listen to the entire message from Pastor Naeem.

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