Hope is a choice.

Today’s podcast is summed up in four words: Hope is a choice. When God looks at people, he sees everything. He sees sin, failure and brokenness. He also sees potential. To know God’s nature is to know hope. Hope pushes away despair and walks toward, rather than away from God.

The world needs to hear a voice of hope. They want to hear that God is not done with them yet. He has a plan and purpose. Hope is a confident expectation of the goodness of God.  That’s the kind of hope-filled message we need to be sharing, especially at this very challenging time. We have to believe that God has something good ahead for us. The grace of God is coming toward mankind, but we have to choose it. The most important thing about hope is we have the power to choose to receive it or not.

Hope is indispensable for generating enthusiasm. When in need of enthusiasm, it’s there in hope, creativity, enlightened decision making, and effective action more than oil, ethanol, hydrogen, and nuclear power. Hope is the world’s most important, most precious source of energy.

Only the God of hope can give hope. And yet He will not force it. People must choose to receive it. People can bring despair into their lives by their thoughts, and conversely, can bring hope into their lives by acting on hope. This action will literally bring about health and wellness in the body.

Take a few moments to meditate on the following scriptures. The message of hope is clear in each verse.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.” Ephesians 1:18

“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord.” Psalm 27:13

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 2:2