Think about the things that you yearn for. These are the things that start as a desire deep in your soul and well up into your heart and mind. These are not our simple wants, but the things that are so passionately desired by our soul that we groan for them. Now think about how you could ever go about obtaining these things. Are they even within your power to obtain?
Next, think about the things that you hope for. Are they the same things that you yearn for? To hope for something is to look forward to something that you have not seen or realized yet. Do you hope for a body that is free from disease and pain? Do you hope for an end to loneliness? Now think about how you could go about obtaining these things that you hope for. Are they even within your power to obtain them?
Our lesson today is about the yearnings and the hopes of the believer. What are the things that a believer wants so badly that they well up from the bottom of their soul? And what are the hopes of a Christian? Are they different from a person who has rejected Christ as their Savior? And best of all, what is the solution for how a believer goes about obtaining these things.
When you look out into the future do you have hope?
If you do, then what is your hope based on?
Does your hope rest on the government? Can the government fulfill your needs?
Does your hope rest on religion? Can religion give you certainty about the future, about life after death?
A person finds hope when there is certainty about the future. Unfortunately, there is nothing certain about the government, or religion, other than our disappointment in both.
Listen to this podcast to learn that, for the believer, hope does not arise from the individual's desires or wishes, but from God, who is Himself the believer's hope, for it is in God that we find absolute certainty.
Discover how the transfiguration of Jesus proclaimed that Jesus is The Hope of Humanity.