Hope — I think it might be my favorite word in the English vocabulary — full of joyful expectation in the midst of unknowns. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately.

There’s a sort of worldly hope and an eternal hope. The worldly hope is a kind of wishing for certain outcomes yet not having sure grounds for those expectations. It’s fickle and often leads to worry.

Eternal hope is something that we can always hold on to. It can’t be taken away because it is founded in the never changing, always steadfast, almighty God.

Jesus. Is. Hope.

I’m not saying that things will always turn out picture perfectly if we trust in Jesus. In John 16:33 He says, “in this world you will have trouble.” I am saying that this hope is not empty — in that same verse, Jesus gives us His peace and reassures us that He has overcome the world.

The hope found in Jesus won’t leave you wallowing in what-ifs trying to figure things out on your own. Even when things don’t turn out the way we want them to, we can always trust Him. We can trust that He is working everything for our good and His glory. We don’t have to worry because He is our peace. We can look forward in joyful expectation because we know that in Him is abundant life.

Jesus. Is. Hope.

In Jesus, hope is one thing we can count on as a constant. Amidst uncertainty and so many tentative plans, hope is not cancelled!

Several scriptures have surfaced over the past few months that give us some hope{full} encouragement. Over the next few posts we’ll be unpacking them a little bit with a sort of mini-series.

Stay strong, friends! Please let me know if I can be praying for you in any way! Know you are loved!

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