Zechariah 9:12 says we are prisoners of hope. Trapped. Exodus 14:14 says God helps us fight our battles. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that it is impossible to please God without faith. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is the reality of what is hoped for. And I just picked a few scriptures.
Faith and hope are not the same thing. But they are closely linked and intertwined. In fact, I don’t believe you can have faith without hope. And it’s all throughout the bible that He is the God of hope. Romans 15:13 even calls Him this.
In the book of Isaiah, God promises to give us “a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” Just a few verses later, God also promises a double portion for your former shame – double for your trouble as Joyce Meyer likes to say.
Now I’m not spouting some prosperity message here. Yes, God can bless us with whatever He deems necessary at the time – especially if it is a means to further His kingdom. However, I think that we live in a society that’s filled with so mucn pessimism and hopelessness, and we don’t have to subscribe to that. In fact, we’re not even designed that way. God made us in His image. Do we actually think God is a pessimist at heart? Of course not.
If we know who we are in Christ, joint heirs for goodness sake, and we are constantly striving to be more like God and Christ, how can we be anything but hopeful about our present and our future. An abundant life doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll always live on easy street according to the world’s standard, but we have the opportunity to be endlessly optimistic knowing that God wants the absolute best for us. It’s our duty as Christ-followers to live with continuous optimism. I’s also completely our individual choice.