When I was in my 40's, I had Birmingham Hip Resurfacing surgery. The procedure involved taking my hip apart and adding a metal cap to my femur and a metal cup in my hip socket. Without the hope of the future with a better functioning hip, I would have never gone through with the operation. We are incapable of doing anything in this life without hope. Through the Bible, God continues to show us that our ultimate hope is in him.
Amos was called by God to head to Northern Israel to spread the truth about how King Jeroboam II was conducting himself. Amos had harsh words for Jeroboam II, along with some pretty stark warnings. God sent Amos North to expose bad behaviour but also give them hope for a better future would look like. "But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!" (Amos 5:24).
In Romans, Paul quotes Genesis 15:6, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness." Paul tells all people through his letter that they are not made right by following the laws, but by faith, believe, and you will be justified. Paul writes that God made promises to Abraham
because Abraham believed in him. This promise from God is for all people. Paul's words should bring us as believers comfort, joy, and, most of all, hope in the future. Psalm 86 is a great example of how, when we are troubled, rejoicing or lamenting, we can go to the Bible; this is where our hope lies. Verse 5 says, "You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you," echoing Paul's words to believe.
No matter where we turn in the Bible, or which author we read, God is speaking to us with amazing consistency. God is with us; he wants us to believe in him and come to him in prayer. None of us can live without hope. Hopelessness leads to feelings of bitterness or despair when life becomes difficult. As Christians, our greatest hope is in our creator God who loves us. Hope in God and his promises provides us with strength and joy regardless of the situation we might find ourselves in.
Husband, father, faithful friend and devoted follower of Jesus