Monday, November 2, 2015

Hope Is A Choice

O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is loving-kindness, and with Him is abundant redemption. And He will redeem Israel from all his iniquities. Psalm 130:7-8

God commanded Israel to hope in the Lord, where they would find love and forgiveness for all their sins. Wow! It doesn't get any better than that! Knowing they were loved by the Holy One, and totally forgiven would make anyone shout for joy! Notice that hope is a choice.

Hope is not something that happens to us, like circumstances. It is independent of all circumstances. Our hope is Jesus Christ! We must choose to hope in Him day by day, moment by moment. It is not automatic. It is like the command, "Walk in the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh," which is also a choice. So too hoping in Jesus Christ is a constant choice.

Choosing to hope in Christ also means choosing not to put our hope in other people, things, events, or outcomes we desire. It doesn't mean you can't cheer for your team to win, or expect a raise at work, or to look forward to a relaxing family vacation. It is a matter of perspective. God, "richly supplies us with all things to enjoy" (1 Timothy 6:17). But we must to be careful not to put our hope in these things ahead of God. He must be our main hope and source of joy and peace. Otherwise, we will be tossed around by our emotions and circumstances, instead of hoping in the Lord who is solid and unchanging. God's Word helps us choose wisely. Real fellowship with other Spirit-filled Christians will also motivate us to choose to hope in Christ. What are you choosing to hope in?

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