South Carolina, Hope, and You

While watching the recent summer Olympic events on TV, I listened to an announcer introduce an athlete from South Carolina. The announcer went on to describe the state’s motto: “Dum Spiro Spero,” which is Latin for “While I Breathe, I Hope.”

That same statement could be the personal motto for every follower of Jesus: “While I breathe, I hope,” meaning there is never a time when a Christ-follower is without hope.

Yes, I understand that we live in difficult times. People lose their jobs. The stock market falls. Cancer takes lives. We still hear reports of natural catastrophes. Friends betray us. Couples divorce. Children disobey their parents, and sometimes, in awful ways. No wonder some people think they are without hope.

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Let me show you where real and never-ending hope can be found: Through personal faith in Jesus Christ, and through trust in God’s Word, the Bible. Don’t turn me off. Stay with me, please.

I teach a small-group Bible study on Sunday mornings at my local church. Last Sunday we studied some words of one of Jesus’ deeply committed followers, Simon Peter. In his letter found in the Bible, 1 Peter, we find these words. In Jesus, we have “a living hope” (1 Peter 1:3).

Jesus died on a Roman cross, and in doing so, took the punishment for our sins upon Himself, providing the way we can be forgiven of all our sins—through personal trust in what He did on that cross. He did that because He loves us so much.

Here’s even more good news. Jesus did not stay dead. After His crucifixion (death on the cross), God raised Him from the dead. Jesus is alive today. So, when we place our faith in Jesus we are given a LIVING HOPE. Our faith is not in some dead religious figure from the past. Rather our faith is in the living Lord Jesus.

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Now, understand something important. In the Bible, the word hope does not mean a kind of wishy-washy positive thinking. No, the Bible word hope means “confident assurance.” And what is it that we are confident and sure about? That God will keep every promise He has made in the pages of Holy Scripture!

This truth is explained in the Bible verse, Romans 15:4: “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

Did you know that your growing knowledge of the Scriptures affects your attitude toward your problems in the present and in the future? We never know what a day might bring, right? Trust in God’s promises helps you persevere through tough times. And when you know God’s promises, then no matter what life throws at you, you can face all those tough times with hope. God’s promises tell you that God cares about you, and that He will take care of you.

So, do you see, now, what I mean when I say that while you breathe, you can have never-ending hope? Remember, a constant stream of hope is always found in the living Word, Jesus, and the written Word, the Bible. People who push Jesus to the fringes of their life, and never open a Bible, don’t have much hope. That’s not harsh. It’s just the truth.

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Find Hope in the Scriptures Through Your Personal Study of Psalm 34.

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