. . in Pastor’s Perspective:
“A New Year ~ Living with H.O.P.E.”
One of my favorite movies of all time is “The Shawshank Redemption.” I must have seen it a dozen times by now, and with each viewing finding some new twist or take that I didn’t catch before.
It is a powerful story of redemption and hope.
The main character in the story is Andy Dufresne, a convict who works and schemes to secure his release from Shawshank Prison. In the movie, Andy says “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
Webster’s Dictionary says that “Hope” is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen; a feeling of trust.
In the Bible, one of the verses in which we find the word “Hope” is Hebrews 11:1. “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” This verse carries with it all of the confidence that comes with knowing for sure, with no question, what we have been promised by God in His Word. Our faith is confident assurance, for it is founded upon the promises of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, biblical hope is a reality and not a feeling. Biblical hope carries no doubt. Biblical hope is a sure foundation upon which we base our lives, believing that God always keeps His promises.
Tough times happen to all of us. No matter how strong or powerful or confident we are, tough times will come. As mighty as we can feel one day, we can feel just as lost and scared the next. God wants us to be people who live with hope.
When asked about being optimistic in light of all the troubles in South Africa years ago, Bishop Desmond Tutu said, “I am not optimistic. I have hope, and I think that is far better.”
In January, I will be presenting a 4-part sermon series, “ A New Year—Living with H.O.P.E” in which we will unpack some of the dimensions of living with hope; living with Honesty, Obedience, Prayer, and Endurance.
Praying that in the New Year, we may all boldly live with Faith, HOPE and love!
Blessed New Year!