HOPE - Bible Reading Plan
Monday, March 30, 2020 - Sunday, May 17, 2020
HOPE IN GOD!!!
Hoping in God does not come naturally for anyone. We live in a world where hope seems to be drowning in the uncertainty of the day.
This is why we must PROCLAIM it to ourselves daily, and proclaim it vigilantly and compellingly, or we will give way to a pessimistic and a hopeless spirit. During this pandemic, you may avail yourself to a wide range of sermons, looking for a spiritual lift, but the best sermon you may ever hear is the one you preach to yourself with these three power words: Hope in God!!!
I believe we can assume that David wrote Psalm 42, for in it, we see the cry of a man that is far removed from corporate worship of God. Not only is he outside the house of worship, but he is also under tremendous pressure living under the consistent anxiety that his enemies are pursuing his death. Throughout the Psalms, we read how David felt a heavy sense of hopelessness and yet it is during these seasons of lows that he pens the words HOPE IN GOD!!!!
The most logical question that you and I can ask then is: What is hope? Anyone can look up the definition in the dictionary to find this answer: to cherish a desire with anticipation; to want something to happen or be true. But does this definition and understanding capture the heart of Hope in God?
Most often, we use the word hope to mean Desires.
- We hope our desire for something good to happen.
- We hope for the thing in the future to turn out as we desire.
- We hope for objects/things to work for our desiredoutcome to be accomplished.
Most often in our flesh when we use the word hope, we are using it to describe the uncertainty of life about our own desires. However, when scripture talks about the hope we have in God, hope is not expressing a desired outcome in the future; instead, hope is confidence in God in the moment to carry out His plans for our future. True biblical hope not only desires for the good to happen but expects it to, and is so confident that it will come to be that life is lived as if it has already happened.
Psalm 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation.
Romans 15:13 May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in Hope.
Biblical Hope not only desires something good for the future — it expects it to happen and lives as through it has already come to be.
Since we find ourselves in a similar situation as the writer of Psalm 42, outside the corporate gathering of worship, under consistent anxieties of the unknown, let us make the best use of this time and read hope together. I have laid out a reading plan of hope throughout the bible we can read together as a church body. Click on the link below to view and download.