Today’s brief devotional acrostic is written by my best friend. I’ve already introduced her briefly here, but if you follow us on Facebook you know her well. Lisa is my beautiful wife and we’ve celebrated over twenty-seven years of marriage.
As an introduction to her thoughts, let me explain that she’s not talking about the maybe so, wishful thinking kind of hope that most people refer to in daily conversation. Lisa’s thoughts are based on the concrete reality of biblical hope.
H – Heaven: H is for Heaven because Heaven is for real. We have the eternal home waiting on us if we are children of God. Colossians 1:5 states, “because of the hope which is laid up for you in Heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel.” Don’t let your hope fade away. Keep pressing on and believing in your hope of Heaven.
O – Overcome: O is for Overcomer because you are called to be one. 1st John 5:4, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” With Jesus, you can overcome every battle and trial of life. You can trust God, knowing that whatever you might be going through, victory is yours because you are an overcomer. The assured hope of overcoming is always present for the one who is born of God.
P – Peace: P is for peace because Jesus wants you to have it. Jesus can speak peace in your situation and turn things around quicker than the blink of an eye. His peace can help you rest at night. His peace is what helps you through tough illnesses. This peace is what can help you through the toughest thing you are facing. Psalms 29:11 reminds us, “The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.” Jesus wants those who have peace with Him to know His hope of peace in their daily life.
E – Eternity: E is for eternity because we have the hope of eternity. God’s children will have all of the eternity to worship Him without interruption from anything. Eternity will be forever and ever. I’m looking forward to being in the presence of Jesus forever and ever. He said in John 10:28, “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” Thank you, Jesus, for my eternal hope.
Let the hope of Jesus reign in your heart today. Don’t settle for the temporary things of this world, but get settled upon the reality of biblical hope. It will sustain you here and all the way to Heaven.