November 20: The Challenge to Hope

Read Hebrews 11:1-40

It’s a challenge to hope.  To focus our sight on the only One who can handle it. It’s a charge to live with real hope.

I look through the list, read of Abraham’s courage to believe the promise God gave him, to hope beyond hope and relocate to foreign lands and unknown territory. I see Noah’s bravery to face the ridicule and speak against the status quo.

They did it because of real hope.

Each one did more than merely survive. All of them lived according to the certainty of the hope they held.

It led them to life beyond what anyone could have predicted. It took them through the fear that holds back and straight to God’s plan for abundance and real life.

Each of them had much to lose. Often their very lives were at stake. Still, they kept going because of where they fixed their focus. They stayed the course God on which God had set them because of real hope.

The people mentioned in Hebrews 11 set their sights on God’s promise, unafraid of what they might face because they knew the certainty of what lay ahead. Almighty, always faithful God had more abundance and real life in store for them than any horror they might walk through this side of eternity.

And this is real hope.

That’s how Moses left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible (v27).

Real hope. It’s the certainty of what God has promised. It goes hand-in-hand with faith. And real hope only comes by a real relationship with Jesus Christ.

Over the next few days, we will find stories of people whose relationships with Jesus Christ have given them focus for real life even through tough and trying times. As you read them, consider taking on the challenge to find real hope in the only place you can. Take Jesus at His Word, hold onto His promise and live.