Hope is the expectation of good and the belief that events will work out for the best. The Inspired Scriptures contain many words of hope. They proclaim that God has done many things for the good of those who love him: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Rom. 8:28).

Trust removes fear: "The Lord is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?" (Psa. 118:6).

David had hope for God's protection even in death:

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down
in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in paths of
righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the
valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff
they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in
the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil;
My cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall
follow me all the days of my life:
And I will dwell in the house of the
Lord forever.

--Psalm 23

The suffering and obedience of Christ are of example and encouragement to those who trust him. "Although he was son, he learned obedience from what he suffered, and once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him" (Heb. 5:8-9). When we truly believe he is the Christ, the son of God, we obey him (Matt. 7:21-23). We confess our faith before others (Matt. 10:32). We are immersed for the forgiveness of sins (Rom. 6:3-4; Acts 2:38) and endeavor to be faithful to Christ (Rev. 2:14).

Obedience is accompanied by a hope of resurrection to eternal life. The apostle Paul wrote of "...a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time." (Titus 1:1-2).

Those who are faithful in Christ are encouraged by these words: "...we do not want you to be ignorant about those who sleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who sleep in him. According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words" (2 Th. 4:13-18).

"May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage and strengthen you in every good deed and word" (2 Th. 2:16-17). May we each find confort and hope in the Sacred Scriptures.
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