“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion” (Genesis 1:26 KJV). “And the LORD God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone’ ” (Genesis 2:18).
When God said that man would be created “in our image, after our likeness,” He was giving away something of Himself to man. He was saying, “My perfection must be multiplied in My creation.”
There is something great about God’s creation of man—His creation of you—that relates to Who God is in heaven. Man is God’s greatest hope, so God’s hope is in you and what you become in Him.
First God said, “Let us create man in Our image, after Our likeness.” Then He went on to define man’s purpose—dominion over the whole earth. Your creation relates to God’s future plans for the earth—the dominion of people who are just like Him taking responsibility over His creation. When you don’t fulfill His hopes for you, His plan is hindered.
When God said that it was not good that man should be alone, His statement came from a value that God held Himself, so in effect God was saying, “It is not good that I should be alone.” If it was not good that man should be alone, it was not good that God should be alone, either.
The idea that our relationship with God is a fulfillment of God’s hope that He would not be alone requires a significant shift in our thinking. We don’t usually consider how God thinks. We pray about what we need and what we want God to do for us, but we don’t consider what God needs.
God will not be forced into answering a prayer that will negatively affect His ultimate plans or contradict His standards. He does what He wants based on His all-knowing view, not our limited perspective.
Sometimes God allows things that are not in His best interests or ours, either. For example, He allowed Israel to have a king. However, He had already thought about how he would fix it later. King Saul was the fulfillment of God’s warnings, but David was a king after God’s own heart.
The troubles that you see on earth have resulted because God’s permissive will allowed man in his fallen nature to do what he wanted, but God is not through with us yet. All of the great things that God still wants to do will come to pass when you and I decide to do what God wants. We are God’s great hope for the future. When we respond to His call for fellowship and accountability, He will entrust us with more of His plans.
In Lamentations 3:21, Jeremiah was troubled but he said, "Yet I still dare to hope." Using the format of a daily journal, Bishop Boone takes the reader on a 30-day journey to hope. Each day, you read inspiring vignettes, study the Bible, pray, and write a journal of your day. Pleasing God becomes your priority. Each night, you examine your life to find anything that might cause you to lose hope. You see where you have been unlike Jesus, make changes, then go to sleep in peace.
Dare to Hope is a message of fearlessness in a time of coronavirus. It is a great encouragement for times like these! In this 30-day journey to hope, Bishop Boone says that Christians can rebuild their hope and restore hope to individuals, families, and nations. He recalls Lamentations 3:21 when Jeremiah was troubled but he said, “Yet I still dare to hope.”