“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
1 Corinthians 13:7 Hope is an incredible word. The prophet Isaiah wrote.“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” It is used 85 times in the Bible to describe the promises of God. It is the heart and soul of the message of the Gospel. The phrase “hopes all things” is characteristic of an optimistic heart. It is the quality of someone who is continually looking to the future. It is the love that is based on what God can do. Jeremiah declared, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God loves you. God has a plan for your life. God has “plans to give you hope and a future.” Just let sink in for a moment. God wants to give you hope this morning, with the added bonus of a future. That is incredible news. The love that “hopes all things” has a future. Things are going to get better because God is in charge. The “all things” of life can look discouraging at times except for the sovereignty of God. Life is beyond our control but not God’s control. God is working “all things” for His glory and our good. We have nothing to fear. God’s love takes the fear out of our hearts and replaces it with a solid hope built on His character. Our hope is an anchor of the should that gives stability to our hearts as we await the fulfillment of God’s promises. The psalmist writes, “Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God.” Pray this morning for hope. Pray this morning for hope in our teachers as they teach. Pray this morning for hope in your relationships. Pray for hope for our nation.