Faith and Hope
This week in our dated planners you’ll find Psalm 130:5 printed along the top of the weekly spread.
I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on Him. I have put my hope in His word.
Psalm 130:5 NLT
It is hope that we’d like to dive into this week for our Weekday Devotionals. To begin, we want to explore the difference between faith and hope. The terms are used together so much that they almost begin to sound synonymous. However, they really are distinct. Faith describes a belief in something that is personally unverified, and hope is confidence based on assurance.
This may sound a little backwards from how “hope” is used colloquially, but consider the following verse from Romans.
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Romans 15:13 KJV
Hope is the result of experiencing the Holy Ghost, and the Holy Ghost is bestowed on those that believe, and act according to that belief. To put it another way, faith leads to hope.
If we believe in Christ, then we should obey His commandments. That obedience is an exercise of our faith. A common result of faithful obedience is a witness from the Holy Ghost that what we’ve done is right, it also verifies our faith, confirming that we really can hope for the fulfillment of the promises made to the faithful.
Our hope for eternal life is only awakened after we have faith in Christ!
Consider the following verses with the understanding that hope comes after faith.
The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
Joel 3:16 KJV
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
1 Peter 3:15 KJV
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
1 John 3:3