When you have lost faith, you can hope. The requirement of hope is to glory in Tribulation.
Bro. Gibbs asked brother Roloff: “How are you doing? His answer: “The Bible says I’m fine.”
If you have no patience you’ll have no experience, because patience is waiting on God. From experience comes hope: Godly expectations. What is it that keeps hope going? Hope!
Someone said, “Life with Christ is endless hope, without Christ it is a hopeless end.”
As long as there is eternity, there is hope, because hope is believing when you cannot see or understand, and waiting when you cannot have faith or patience.
I cannot see today, but tomorrow I will. It may be a whispering hope, but have hope. Those of you who are sick, have hope.
Those who have a loved one in a cemetery, you have hope to see them again.
In the very last words in Genesis, it is said of Joseph when he died, “they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.” The word coffin here is the same word used for “hope chest.”
The song writer said, “On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand … my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”
All hope here on earth begins at Calvary and ends at the rapture.
Here are three encouraging thoughts:
HOPE IS THE DESIRE OF OR FOR AN OBJECT.
HOPE IS THE EXPECTATION OF OBTAINING IT.
HOPE IS THE CONFIDENCE OF BELIEVING IT.