January 17, 2016
Passage: Romans 5:1-5

Hope is a desire accompanied by the expectation that the desire will be obtained.

The difference between the Hope of the world and that of Christians is the basis. Whereas the general view of hope in some cases lacks basis, the Christian’s view of Hope is solid and concrete because it is based on the word of God and we know that God cannot lie. God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? (Number 23:19).

Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged.  We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain…(Hebrews 6:17-19).

Though we are Christians, the basis of our faith seems not to have changed from our old position. The basis of our hope is primarily, not different from our brothers and sisters in the world.

Some of the things that constitute the basis of our hope are as follows
1. Arm of Flesh
Some of us place our hope in humans and human institution. The Bible says “do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save”. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, (Psalm 149:3-5)

2. Self
Others also turn to rely on ourselves. Our achievements, social and political status, properties, etc. Constitute our hope. The bible says “do not trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame”. In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever (Ps 44:6-8).Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).

3. Wealth
At time our wealth and investments can give us hope. Though this is good, they can’t be. The bible observed that “whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf”. (Proverbs 11:28). Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment (I Timothy 6:17).

Worldly Hope is not reliable. It is so uncertain and disappoints. BUT THERE IS THE HOPE THAT NEVER DISAPPOINTS. It is so sure and certain (Romans 5:1-5).

Amen

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