Lyndon spoke about Hope on Sunday.
We can’t live without hope. We were told we can hope/dream again if we lose it. Hope is something that is always out in front of us, something good. We don’t need to be afraid, God knows what’s ahead. He knows the next season. Hope deferred makes us sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12.
We never want to catch up to Hope because that becomes dark. Hope must always be out in front. Isaiah 43:18 & 19 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell in the past. See, I am doing a new thing!”. We should have an expectation of new things happening – an excitement. Philippians 3:13 says The best is yet to come. And Jeremiah 29:11 says, For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Hope keeps us moving in a positive way.
Do you remember Hannah’s story in 1 Samuel? Her situation in chapter 1 describes someone who has lost hope – she wept and could not eat, she was downhearted and held bitterness in her soul. When the priest saw her he thought her drunk until she told him her troubles. Then the priest said “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him”. In verse 18 we are told, Hannah’s face was no longer sad, her hope had returned, her future became good again.
From Peters story we learn Hope is forward, regret is behind. Peter went from knowing and believing Jesus to be God in Matt 16, to saying he would never deny Jesus, and then doing so in Matt 26, to being redeemed in John 21. Jesus himself asked Peter, “Do you love me?” three times, and with a “Yes Lord, you know I do”, got a job. Peter was restored after he had failed.