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Friday, February 3, 2023

*Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

We can't see or feel hope, but we know hope is something that keeps you buoyant. Why is hope so important? The book of Romans tells us that we serve a 'God of hope,' and that we can 'abound in hope.' 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.' Again in Romans we are reminded that we can 'rejoice in hope.' Romans 12:12 'Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.'

In a world with so much disturbing news, how do we keep hoping?

In Hebrew, the word for hope is 'Tikvah.' Tikvah is a word linked with G-d, and therefore, expresses confidence, not in a future outcome, but in present divine strength, because G-d is always present. So Psalm 62:5,6 says, 'Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.' His deliverance is certain as G-d is certain.

Jeremiah associates hope with living water. *Jeremiah 17:13 'LORD, you are the hope of Israel; all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water.'

We know that Yeshua gives the Living water *Revelation 21:6-8 Then He said to me, 'It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.

Our hope has substance, the substance is G-d, the creator of all things, the One who never leaves us nor forsakes us. We have total assurance in G-dís power to sustains all things for we literally see that power working every day. *Colossians 1:17 'And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.' His power is holding all things together and we can hope in that power who hears and answers our prayers.

Hope in G-d!

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