“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28 KJV).
Hope is like a garden. It produces fruitfulness, multiplication, and growth.
Maybe you have lost your job, but you went to college and you are prepared when that job comes. Maybe you already have a job, but you are preparing for a better one that you hope is coming. You are always moving in an advancement mode toward something better. It is not because you are a malcontent, but you press forward because the Bible emphasizes increase.
Sometimes people lose their hope and you need to be prepared to replenish their hope from yours.
What words has God spoken that you hope will come to pass? Let me give you a few examples. You hope you are going to heaven. You hope you are not going to hell. If you are married, you hope you will have a great marriage. If you are single, you hope you will find a great mate. You hope to go to college and do well. You hope you will not be poor.
If you look around, you will find that you are motivated by many kinds of hope.
Do you have any “God said’s” that you could build your life upon? Have you documented your hopes in a journal? The written word helps keep your hope alive.
When God placed Adam in the Garden, Adam’s most important responsibility was to tend the words that God had spoken to him. His first jurisdictional responsibility was to tend the garden of his understanding. God gave him authority over the whole earth, but the Bible says that first Adam tended the Garden.
When God made man, it was a win-win situation. God was going to win and man was going to win. God knew the devil would come in and challenge His words, because he was evil and everything good was held together by God’s standard. If man had kept God’s standard, the benefits would have continued for all living beings to come. Negatives would not have existed. Nobody would have had to worry about lying, stealing, and murder.
God said, “Be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth,” He was declaring that one man’s good seed would dominate the whole earth. Everybody would prosper as a product of who Adam was in God. that includes the prosperity of hope on the earth. Remember the rainbow.
Adam hijacked the potential for the hope God gave him that was to benefit everyone who came after him, based on the word of God inside. Are you tending your garden of hope from the Word of God inside you? Are you fruitful? Do you replenish hope in others?
Tend your garden of hope today. Be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the seed of hope in everyone, everywhere you go.
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.
Getting Closer to God—The Path to Reconciliation Listen to Bishop Boone read a letter from a slave to his former master where he speaks a message of reconciliation. Frederick Douglass wrote this letter because he was a Christian and he understood is duty to be like Christ.