Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
-Hebrews 11:1 ESV
Hope and faith are partners. As a Christian, you live by faith. It’s impossible to please God without faith but faith first needs hope. Faith has nothing to work with if there’s no hope. Hope paints a picture, birthing a vision inside you based on God’s promises. As the Holy Spirit reveals God’s Word, pictures form, producing encouragement. That’s hope.
One definition of hope is “a stretched out cord.” Like a rope, hope reaches into the future, helping you envision God’s good plan. Jeremiah 29:11 says God’s thoughts and plans for you are for peace–not evil. Peace includes wholeness, soundness, health, prosperity, and safety. Allow that vision to take root in you. See God working to make you whole and well—safe and sound.
As you continue to envision peace in your future, you will begin to believe it. That’s faith. Faith lies at the end of the rope of hope. Faith takes hold of hope, securing vision, bringing it into the present. Faith says, “I believe God wants me whole and prosperous in every area of my life, and I receive it now.”
Hope until faith comes, then hope until what you see in God’s Word becomes a reality in your life.
- Ask the Lord to paint His vision in your heart as you read His Word.
- Ask the Lord to help you believe His Word for you; to help you know His love and goodness for you personally.