FAITH CAPSULE: Hope is rooted in believe.
Claiming to have hope in God is not only by mouth but must be rooted in the heart. Anyone that does not keep heart diligently as requested by God’s word cannot and does not understand and know to have hope in God. The word of God stated: “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
Do you have a heart with hope in God?
The Bible records what it takes to have hope in God: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear…”
A heart that is sanctified (separated) for God will have hope in God.
A heart that is sanctified to God is a heart that seeks God diligently.
Among ways to sanctify heart for God, to have hope in God is meditating the word of God.
Meditating the word of God:
Joshua 1:8 records the meaning of meditating to have the heart for hope: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Giving self’s heart to God in His word day and night will no doubt do according to the word of God and have hope in God. Giving self to meditating God’s word day and night will know God enough to trust and remain standing in hope for God’s response. Meditate the word of God but not just to memorize God’s word.
Sanctifying heart to God is hallowing God:
Hallowing God according to His command is the evidence of heart with hope. When the word of God locates a man for direction, hope in the man’s heart will do as commanded. Moses could not do as commanded by God but do against the word of God. The Bible records about Moses failure to hallow God when God said: “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” So Moses took the rod from before the Lord as He commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank. Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” (Matthew 20:7-12)
A failure not to believe God for His word is not having hope to do as commanded by God.
Prayer for today: Ask God to establish His word in your heart to trust and hope in Him.