David said, “‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’ Acts 2 v 25 -28 (NIV)
In the Bible, hope is defined as a “confident expectation”. Romans 8 v 24 states, “For in this hope we were saved.” With this hope of salvation comes God’s blessings and promises. Hope changes how we see our lives, and how we see other people.
When life throws us curve balls, we sometimes lose hope. In these situations, the key is focusing on God. I love Acts 2 v 25 -28. In other versions, we are told that the Lord was continually before David’s face. This demonstrates that God will never leave us or forsake us. David’s assurance that God was always there for him kept him focused on God. David had no doubts, and believed wholeheartedly that his Father would never abandon him. This assurance gave him great joy, which he expressed outwardly in the Psalms. Focusing on God in our storms keeps us from being shaken. God gives us hope!
Hope requires faith. “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”(Hebrews 11 v 1) If we do not have faith, then we cannot have hope. David was a man after God’s own heart, and we need to have faith like David.
What do you hope that God will do?
How strong is your faith that He will do it?