How do we hope well?

We live as individuals but share in the human experience. This post series asks the core questions of what, why, and how about this shared experience. After all, God came to earth as a human himself, to share that experience with us and bring us salvation through that human experience. So, join us today as we explore the core question… how do we hope well?

We hope in Christ

This can be much simpler than the questions of what is hope and why do we hope, because Jesus has already done the hard work. So today, we hope by growing in our relationship with him.

Know God. It is important to learn about God, because your trust and confidence will grow as you realize more and more deeply how amazing He is, and how kind to us. But just like knowing your spouse is more than simply learning a lot of information about them, knowing God is equally about a relationship. Talk to him, ask him questions, sit in his presence, spend time with him.

Meditate on and memorize Scriptures. There are many that specifically talk about hope, and many others that provide fuel and foundation for our hope. Who is Jesus? How do we know what He has called us to do? What does God promise? These are questions answered in the Bible.

Develop good habits. Our actions will not be the foundation of our hope, but our actions can pull us toward or away from confident biblical hope. It is much easier to have confident hope if we read the Bible, attend church, ask questions, pray regularly, serve and help others, and focus our energy and time in places where God calls us.

Are you curious to learn more?

Hope is a critical element of the human experience. A great place to dig deeper is to look in Scripture to study about hope, and to pray for God to reveal himself more and more.

The website Desiring God has an inventory of articles and messages about hope.

And the website The Gospel Coalition has over 12,000 results for a search on “hope.”

Of course, there are some great devotionals and books that help us better understand hope: Everyday Hope is a devotional for women, Billy Graham wrote several books about hope including The Reason For My Hope, and the new book Mere Hope: Life in an Age of Cynicism was written to be an uplifting encouragement to all Christians. These are just a few of the many options out there!

Are you struggling to find hope? Call us at (843) 702-0323 to learn more about our Care & Counseling Sessions or possible upcoming workshops and events.

Written by Jessica Hayes
iHope Executive Director