6,8 “And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our ancestors that I am on trial today. … Why does it seem incredible to any of you that God can raise the dead?”
Acts 26:6,8 (NIV)
What makes you hopeful? Is it an upcoming birthday, anniversary or holiday to celebrate? A date with someone special? An undefeated season so far? A surgery, recovery or rehab has gone better than expected?
Or is your basis simply your strong belief in hope itself? The Bible gives us an even better basis.
The basis of the apostle Paul’s abounding, high hope in life centered squarely on these two powerful things:
GOD’S PROMISES: This is where our hope is to be placed. God loves to pledge, to put His name on the line and deliver on His promises. The Bible is loaded with “very great and precious promises“ (2 Peter 1:4).
Paul knew so many of them, pinned his life to them, and as a result, operated with confidence, fearlessness and freedom. Paul testifies, “The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it” (1Thessalonians 5:24). Yes, God wants us to build our hope on what He has said.
GOD RAISES THE DEAD: Why should that be incredible? That’s what makes God God. No one else can do that. He’s done it numerous times … with the pledge of more.
If God has power over death, He has power over life too. That brings such hope to all that’s living and dying in us! Paul knew this and counted on that power to keep infusing him with life each day. (Check out this powerful promise Jesus made in John 14:19 -- “Because I live, you also will live.“)
Reflect: What’s your greatest basis for hope in life? What promise of God do you need to hear today? Who needs you to give reason for hope today?
A prayer to consider: Father, there’s so much in me and around me that needs a greater basis for hope. Thanks for furnishing this through Your Son and your Word. I’m counting on Your promises and resurrection power.
Help me to know Your promises better and to make them known. Spirit of God, fill me with hope -- for Your glory and my joy in You. Amen.