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Topic: hope (03/29/04)
By David Onuoha Ukiwe
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Vme’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament words hope, frequently translated in the New Testament from the Greek word ELPIS, as Favourable and confident expectation. It has to do with the unseen and the future.
HOPE IS REQUIRED TO WALK WITH GOD
Hope is very importants in our walk with God. God is an eternal God; His timing is different from ours. When He promises us something, He’ll definitely do it at the right time. God is not a man that He should lie neither the son of man that He should change His mind (Num 23:19); whatever He promises us, He is faithful to perform. However we have to hang on with confident expectation until God’s word comes to pass in our lives. That is the only way that we are going to make it.
Without this confident expectation, we would have forsaken the Way since Jesus has not returned after all these years. Jesus said “behold I come quickly” (Rev 22:12, yet about 2000 years have passed since then. How soon is God’s ‘soon’? 2 Peter 3:8 says, “But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”. God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours? (Isa. 55:9) Do we give up and say, it’s not real? No, we have to be Favourable towards God; let us not take sides against Him. We have to be confident that He’ll keep His Word and we have to expect to see the manifestation. That is what hope is all about: a Favourable and confident expectation. Patience goes hand in hand with hope.
PATIENCE AND HOPE
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man sees, why does he yet hope for it. But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with PATIENCE wait for it (Rom. 8:24-25).
When you have a need and you have God’s word covering that area of need, then pay about it in faith and believe that you receive it. However it may take some time for you to have what you have prayed for after you have received it. Then you have to make sure that your ‘confident expectation is intact. You have to wait patiently for the manifestation of your desire. There is a striking relationship between Hope, faith and patience, of course you cannot talk about faith without patience Mark 11:24 says “therefore I say unto you, whatsoever things ye desire when ye pray believe that ye RECEIVE them and ye shall HAVE them.”
After believing that you receive it, you confidently expect it, before you have it. That involves unwavering faith that God will do what He promised; corresponding actions of thanksgiving to God without murmuring and complaining while waiting for the manifestation.
ABRAHAM MIXED HIS FAITH WITH HOPE
Abraham was a great man of faith and also of hope. He waited for twenty-five years before he had the manifestation of God’s promise.
Who against hope believed in hope, that he might be come the father of many nations: according to that which was spoken, so shall your seed be. He staggered not at the promise of God though unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God (Rom 4:18, 20).
Abraham made it. We will make it if we are hopeful even when the odds are against us. The odds were against Abraham. Men thought his case was hopeless, but against hope he believed in hope. He had a happy anticipation of good. Let us expect the best. Our God is able. There is no hopeless case with Him. For with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27).
Hope deferred makes the heart sick: but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life (Prov 13:12).
Since God cannot fail, He’ll definitely perform what we are hoping for He’ll bring to form the spiritual realm into manifestation in the physical realm. He knows that hope deferred makes the heart sick. He wants us to be happy when we see our desires fulfilled. My prayer is that “the vision should no longer tarry, let it come to pass” I know that one of these days, I will look into the face of Jesus. One at these days, I will walk the street of gold. One of these days I will see the manifestation of my miracle. Yes! I