Hope is very tricky•••It comes when we least expect and can quickly vanish when we least expect•••the frightening part of hope is when you lose it, and out of nowhere it finds you again, then you cling to it so tight only to lose it again•••that burns•••

Hope in Christianity
As Christians, we know that God gives hope•••In Roman 15:13, Paul referred to God as “God of Hope” “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

As God can give hope, we should also know He can take away hope through the testing of our faith. A typical example is the story of Abraham…Here is a couple who have been praying for a child, and it didn’t happen when they expected it; they lost all hope because they reached a point in their life where they knew childbearing is impossible•••(at least in Sarah’s case). Then God comes and tells Abraham that He will give him a son… (Genesis 17:16-17). “I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her to be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her. Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?”••• But God did as He has promised, even though they didn’t believe Him due to their old age•••(hope has been restored to Abraham and Sarah)•••Then God told Abraham to sacrifice the only son he has given them…again, (hope is taken away, through testing of faith)•••but God gave hope back to them again•••

Another example is the story of Elijah and the widow in 1 Kings 17:8-24••• The widow didn’t have enough to eat, but because of her kindness to Elijah, God blessed her household with abundant food, and oil•••(hope is given)•••Then the widow lost her son through illness•••(hope is taken)•••then, Elijah prayed for life to be restored to the boy, and God answered him•••(hope is given again)

In Jeremiah 29:11, it says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God intends to give us hope; it is His plan for us•••but sometimes it is necessary that He test us to see how much we care about our relationship with Him•••Sometimes, He takes us through multiple ups and downs to see if we will still love Him•••

ᗪOᑎ’T ᘜIᐯᗴ ᑌᑭ ᕼOᑭᗴ
—卂 ❣︎‭‭

Published by Time with Anna

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