The word hope appears 174 times in the New International version (NIV).
- 146 times in the New American Standard Bible (NASB).
- 144 times in The Message (MSG).
- 195 times in the Amplified Bible (AMP).
- 150 times in the New King James Version (NKJV)
Think there’s something of importance here?
From the beginning, man realized that we could not save ourselves.
He gave us people to demonstrate for us and prove to us that we can count on Him.
Who has God placed in your life now, or in the past, that your could count on? Someone who is or was an example of hope, someone who has goes through life’s trials with confidence that He is in control.
In the garden we fell. We sacrificed the ability to know constant hope by eating the apple. And daily, we hurt our view of hope by giving in to sin. Think of it this way, you are in a room with all its lights on. (You in Christ with hope)
Someone comes in and leaves the door open and the room they came from is dark. (A sin broke through). Them someone else comes in from another room and leaves that door open and that room is also dark. (Another sin)
And this continues until all the doors are open. What happens? The room you are in is still lit, but it is not as bright as it was. And the more doors that open, the more darkness intrudes. The more darkness intrudes, the less we are able to see or feel the hope. Until, we ask God to help. Until we admit our sins. And with each invitation, each confession, more light appears. And this light either closes those sinful doors or intrudes into the darkness, bringing hope where there was none before.
Hope is a gift that must be seen and accepted. It must be held on to and allowed to grow stronger and brighter.