Hebrews 12:1-3 reads, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”
Are you weary and tired? Are you ready to give up?
Have you ever been out riding your bike or on a run or maybe just out for a walk and wanted to give up and quit? I’m not going to make it. I can’t do it. I have to stop. There is no way I’m going to make it up this hill.
Well, sometimes life feels like this. Day in and day out, we are striving, working, pushing to keep going. Maybe it’s at work, and you’re battling to get that project finish or maybe you’re struggling just to get through the workday or week. Maybe you’re striving to accomplish something like getting moved or maybe you’re sick and fighting to recover. Regardless of the challenge, what is it that keeps us peddling? What pushes us on? What motivates us to finish and not give up. You may not realize it, but it is HOPE.
Hope there is an end to the work. Hope there is an end to the striving. Hope there is healing to a sickness. It is hope that is driving us, and as believers in Christ Jesus, our hope is multiplied in a way so far beyond average hope. We have exceeding hope in God’s promises.
I love the word Paul uses in Romans 15:13 to describe the amount of hope we are to have in Christ. Paul says we are to abound in hope. Abound is defined as plentiful, overflowing, packed full or abundant. Paul says we don’t just have hope,
Christians have a special hope that should fill our hearts and minds with peace and joy, and give us encouragement on a daily basis. According to 1 Peter 1:3-5, hope from God is a living hope that is given to us by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christ Jesus was raised from the dead and is now seated on the right hand of God according to Ephesians 1:20, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 8:1, and Hebrews 10:12. In other words, our hope is living because Christ is living, and our hope is because of him and in him.
Therefore, because of Christ, our mediator (1 Timothy 2:5) and Savior (2 Timothy 1:10), we too have hope of life eternal after physical death. Christ is the firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:18), resurrected to live for eternity in Heaven with God the Father, and in Christ, we too have the hope of eternal life with God.
In John 14:1-3, Christ tells us, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God,
So keep on peddling, keep life’s hills and road blocks in perspective, and keep striving on the road to eternity. Place your trust in Gods promises, and he will give you hope for a future with him (Jeremiah 29:11.
Other Verses about Hope
Psalm 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
Psalm 119:114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
Psalm 147:11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.
Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began…