Hope: Monday

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” [Hebrews 10:23] This is perhaps one of my favorite verses in the whole of Scripture. (A bold statement, I know.) But it’s probably in my top 10.  I just love the word “unswervingly,” and the faithfulness of God is positively one of my favorite things to think on.

His faithfulness astounds me just as much as his grace and love ever have.  You mean He’ll NEVER let me down?  You mean He’s ALWAYS there?  He doesn’t get super-busy and frazzled sometimes and just forget?  He will keep EVERY promise?  Even the really extravagant ones like “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”?  (Ephesians 2:4-5]

As Christians, our hope rests on the faithfulness of God.  If God weren’t faithful, it would be foolish of us to hang all of our hopes on His word.  But He is.   One of my pastors in college once said, “When God makes a promise, it is as good as if it has already happened.”  I love that!  When God promises something, He knows in that moment how He’s going to fulfill it (one of the perks of being omniscient and outside of time).  God told us about our Savior-Redeemer Jesus way back in the Garden of Eden.

Whatever you are up against today, or this year, you must know that God’s promises are as good as if they have already happened.  Therefore, let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.

"His faithfulness is my shield."  [King David, in Psalm 91]

“Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father; There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not; As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed Thy hand hath provided; Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon and stars in their courses above Join with all nature in manifold witness To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!”