God of Hope
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13 NIV)
Evangelist and writer Hal Lindsey said, "Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air...but only for one second without hope.” Of course, we understand that many people are physically alive without hope. Maybe you are one of them. If so, please know that my heart breaks for you and that it would be my privilege to pray for you.
To truly live, hope is nonnegotiable. This kind of hope is altogether different from the fingers-crossed, wishful-thinking, "oh I hope this" or "oh I hope that" variation that comes apart from the God of Hope. This kind of hope is based on confident expectation of what God will do, and it can remain steadfast no matter what it is that God does do, because this hope is not based on what is done nearly so much as it is on the One who's doing the doing.
Hold onto hope today, dear friends...even if it's just by the very tips of your chewed-down fingernails. Because the God of Hope has you in His sure and steady grip, and expectant confidence in Him is never misplaced.