Our world is filled with people without Hope; many just taking one day at a time but not able to see beyond, even next year! But we are called to carry hope for people and to help create a God honouring future for the world, and as people of faith we actually have a mandate to create the future because of our hope in God. Statistics tell us that an increasing number of people have little understanding of who Jesus is; with 4 in 10 not even being sure that Jesus was a real person who lived on earth. God said (Jeremiah 29:11) He wants to give us a future and a hope and we know that nobody ever realises a dream without hope.
If you carefully observe what God is doing and wanting to do; He is wanting to shape us and change us to become all He has called us to be, to reach the people in our community. As people of faith we believe in things we hope for, yet have not seen (Heb 11:1) Our belief is in the power of God to change things – a heart, a home, an organisation, but it is going to take a ‘can do’ mind set. It is too easy to be ruled by what can’t be done, what we can’t afford, don’t have time for – there is always a reason why not! But they are the people ruled by experience not HOPE.
No creation or new thing is ever born out of experience because experience only tells us what has been done. But when you live with a ‘can do’ mindset it is amazing how you can find a way. So when we are faced with a task or situation that seems
impossible or hopeless, discouragement usually isn’t usually too far behind and giving up can look like the best thing to do. But God can overcome any obstacle. When you put your trust in God and ask for His help, you can hope for impossible things in those times when hope seems far away.
Even if you’ve not got much confidence or hope in yourself and your own abilities you can always have confidence in God. When there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping…. in fact, his faith grew stronger and in this He brought Glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to whatever He promises! Romans 4:18