"This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary." -Hebrews 6:19 (NLT)
Driving around town a few weeks ago, I saw the words "Hope Is Real" written on a sign at a small church here in town. I thought about it and I'd say I have to agree with that statement, but then I realized that for some people, in fact many people, that's not the case. It isn't real for them. I believe that is one of the most important gifts we can give to another person, the gift of hope.
Someone who is hopeless and alone usually cannot help themselves out of their situations. They have a great sense of loss and helplessness, whether it is situational or generational. We, the church, yes, WE have to bring the good news to them. The great news of Jesus and all that He has done for us, through us, and in us.
One definition for hope is: "To look forward to with confidence or expectation". The church needs to bring the Word of God, with all its hope to someone who does not know it is real; when we bring them hope, we bring them life. It is more than just asking God for something we really want or need; we have to expect our miracle. Somewhere in the midst of asking, believing, and expecting God to answer, we will find what we are looking for.
What is your need today? Is it for a financial blessing? Is it healing in your body? Maybe a new job, a house, or a car? Whatever it is, take it to Jesus today.