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A Life of Hope: Know the Character of God

by David Chadwick We are finishing up our week of looking at what it takes to live a life of hope. Remember your story. Read Biblical stories. Read Christian biographies. Give hope to others. And today: know the character of God. You must know that you know that you know that God is the God of hope. This is a major way to increase hope in your own life. The Scripture is so clear that this is his nature and character. When you know who your Daddy is, you’ll reflect him accurately and confidently to other people. Sometimes, we have to talk to our soul like David did in Psalm 42:5, reminding ourselves of who God is. As David poured out his soul before the Lord, he called his emotions and his circumstances into submission with who he knew God to be. Take note of God’s nature and character with the Israelites during Babylonian captivity. Even after the 70 years of exile, God still had a hope and a future for them (Jeremiah 29:11). Our Father in heaven is long-suffering and gracious, slow to get angry, abounding in love (Psalm 103:8). Because of Jesus and his Resurrection, we now have a LIVING hope each and every day (1 Peter 1:3). This gives us the greatest hope of all: We will now live forever with him (Titus 2:13). Death is no longer the final answer (1 Corinthians 15:21-23). It has lost its sting! We have this hope as an anchor to our soul (Hebrews 6:19). Jesus is with us. We will never be alone. Make your anchor of hope stronger by practicing the five disciplines we have talked about this week. I pray your life flourishes with hope until you meet Jesus face to face.

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