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Where is our hope?

By Jessica Daly

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.  Hebrews 11:1-3

I never really gave much thought to hope until today.  I heard a pastor explain how it can only exist in our future.  He went on to explain how God gave each of us this amazing gift so that we always have wonderful things to look forward to.  Our creator made us in His image which means we are creative and have imaginations.  God wants us to trust in Him so much that we don’t have to physically see something in order to know it is already happening and a part of God intricate plan for our lives.

It is easy to be confident in the things we see and are experiencing today, but beyond that takes great hope.  What I love about the 11th chapter of Hebrews is that we are given example after example after the scriptures above of those who were faithful and who’s confidence and hope in God paid off.

Not being visible doesn’t mean something isn’t real or not there.  That’s what the world and the enemy will tell us but not what God’s Word tells us.  What are we choosing to put our hope in today?  Will it be the world we can visibly see and touch or in the invisible but promised hope of the Lord?

Ideas, dreams, and visions were all placed within us by the Lord when we were created.  How we decide to use them makes all the difference in our futures.  Are we conforming to the expectations of those around us or to the expectations of our Creator God?  Society will always tell us we are not creative nor imaginative but that is a lie and the complete opposite of how God actually created us.

Today, I challenge you to join me in hoping for mind-blowing things we cannot see in the present but will see in the futures God has called us to walk within.  We must be assured and certain of the hope God has given each one of us.  He loves to strengthen and empower us as we have faith and confidence in what we hope for knowing that we will one day see it.

 

Jessica Daly currently resides in the Lynchburg, Va. She is a graduate of East Carolina University where she has earned a BS in elementary education as well as her Master’s Degree in Library Science. Jessica has been married to Brian Daly for 16 years and they share a daughter, Taylor, who is 12 years old. Jessica began My Daly Outreach Ministries, dedicated to caregivers, in January 2011. It consists of an online website, www.mydalyoutreach.com, a blog, email devotionals, a published book entitled “Brian’s Update” and inspirational speaking across the country bringing awareness to forgotten caregivers. Jessica is now the Coordinator of Research & Instruction for Liberty University.

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