Intro. You can exist for weeks without food, you can exist several days without water and you can exist a few seconds without air, But you can’t live without hope.
Optimism is what you think you can do. Hope is what you think God can do.
Hope is not OPTIMISM
You need HOPE to COPE.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. – 1 Peter 1:3-7 (NIV)
One thing I think is helpful to see: the Bible writers don’t hide themselves from this question of suffering: they are fully aware of the problem that suffering presents to faith in a good God;
Extreme hopes are born of extreme misery.
There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.
Hope is what you look forward to on the other side of your pain.
Hope is what you hang onto as you get through your problem.
Hope is what you have when you don’t have anything else.
* Jesus Turns Your ‘Hopeless End’ into ‘Endless Hope’
The scripture says in 2 Corinthians 1:9-10, “This happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us … and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us” (NIV).
#2. A SOLID HOPE.
Be alert and think straight. Put all your hope in how kind God will be to you when Jesus Christ appears. ! Peter 1:13 (GNT)
“Those who forget God have no hope.” See Job 8:11-13 (LB)
What separates disciples from everyone else is;
How they respond to disappointment, problems and pain.
Hope is the healing ointment for your disappointment.
Disciples don’t despair.
#3. A CONTAGIOUS HOPE.
“Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead.” – Peter 1:21 (NLT)
IF YOU WANT TO BE A BRIDGE OF HOPE TO THE WORLD, YOU’VE GOT TO ALLOW YOURSELF TO WALKED ON.” – T.B.
Where there is no faith in the future, there is no power in the present.
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13 (NLT)