Hope Brings the Expectation of Joy

We live in a world that is mostly cynical. The majority of what we see and hear through mass media is negative, and even people’s personal social media is negative. We’ll even look for how something can go wrong before we ever even imagine how it could go right. This is because we live in a fallen world. Without Christ we will always lean to the negative. This mindset of negativity has to be broken after we get saved. joy

God wants us to see ourselves, the people we come in contact with, and the world the way He sees – full of possibility. God doesn’t look at the mess of our sin and the world, throw up His hands in frustration, and talk about how everything is going wrong and nothing will ever change. Even the idea of God being frustrated by a problem is funny.

When God saw the world in ruins because of sin, He sent His Son Jesus to fix the problem. We know that Jesus went through the worst kind of pain and death to buy our redemption, but look at what it says in Hebrews 12:2 “…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Jesus knew that joy waited on the other side of the cross.

If Jesus could see the joy that was to come after His death, then we can find joy in our lives. This means that we don’t live our lives expecting to be disappointed all the time. We don’t have to be like the world and constantly criticize and find the bad in everything and everyone. We can expect good in our lives. It’s not the world’s goodness, but God’s goodness that we expect. Even when situations don’t turn out exactly how we want or plan we still know that God is with us.

This is the biblical definition of “Hope”. It’s a joyful and confident expectation of God’s goodness in our lives. Instead of always preparing ourselves for the worst, let’s make a decision to trust that God is working in our lives and has given us His goodness and joy. We do this by doing what Hebrews 12:2 says “fixing our eyes on Jesus.” When we fix our eyes on our Savior we can be what God called us to be, people of hope.

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