“For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And he gave them right standing with himself, and he promised them his glory” (Romans 8:29-30).
If God hasn’t lost His hope, you shouldn’t lose your hope. Hope is the goal. God’s hope is you. When God made man, the ultimate being of His creation, He said, “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness.” God’s image and likeness were in heaven. The last thing that was thrown out was bound in chains. Everything left in heaven was in a divine flow, but God said it is not enough. I am the God of expansion. I am the God of eternity. I am the God of the end and the beginning.
God said, “I am going to make a man in My image and after My likeness. I know that I already have hope in Myself. I see the end from the beginning. I am going to make a man so that My hope can be expressed in the earth as well as in heaven. I will not only have hope in Myself. I will put My hope in the man I created, and no matter what he does I am not going to give up hope in him. My hope has now been transferred into a man whom I chose to make in My image after My likeness.”
God gave Himself for mankind. In the New Testament it says, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25 KJV). God puts His greatest value in the one He has hopes for. God never gives up hope in you. He ever lives to make intercession for you. It doesn’t matter how you feel about yourself. Jesus is still praying. Whatever you have done wrong, Jesus is still your advocate. Whatever your circumstances, God has plans for you.
The will of God has intersected with the will of man and God’s will is winning over your life. God s hope is the dominating aspect of what is going on in your life. Even when you can’t see it, “we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28).
The Bible says that when someone is born of God the love of God dwells in him. You have the love of God in your nature and the right motivation in your inner man. You may not feel like it. You may not think like it. You may not look like it, but the right motivation is inside. The God of hope isn’t finished with you yet. God is still working on you right now.
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.”