One of the biggest things that biblical counselors try to do by God’s grace is impart hope. Not of ourselves, but hope in a person – Jesus Christ. I will frequently ask people “How is your hope-o-meter?” Yes, it’s kind of a silly question, but it’s a way to gauge how hopeful they are. Usually, when everything is hitting the fan, the hope-o-meter is very low. But as we go thru God’s word as we see the glorious gospel of Jesus expanding before their eyes a funny thing happens – Hope emerges, and slowly but surely the needle on the hope-o-meter rises!
A Christians hope is not a fickle, tentative hope (like “I hope I get a pony”) it’s rather a confident expectation of what is to come, based on the person and work of Jesus as recorded in His revealed word – the Bible.
One of the clearest and most encouraging verses on hope is Romans 15:13 –
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abound in hope.
There is a prayer, there is proof that God is the God of hope. Easter is drawing closer…our hope is grounded in the resurrection of Jesus. He rose from the dead, literally and so we to can rise to a brand new life in Jesus, because of what he did. Check out Romans 6 – thru faith we are united with him into his resurrection. Leave our old life behind and start over! There’s hope! Unfortunately, there is a bit of a warning implicit here – there is hope in no other name, no other process. Everything else is just putting a band-aid on…real hope, real lasting change, real healing is only found in one place: Jesus.
So what if your hope-o-meter is low?
- Pray – literally pray Rom 15:13 out loud. Yes, out loud, trust me, it makes a difference. “I pray that you, the God of hope, will fill me with all joy and peace in believing YOU, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit I would abound in hope.”
- Meditate on this truth
- Lather, rinse, repeat. Pray, mediate on that verse…
- Find other verses and sections of scripture that deal with hope! (Hint…Romans has a lot – see Rom 5:1-5)
- Dwell on the truth of the Gospel and literally preach it to yourself. Read his word, read books about the gospel, like Milton Vincent’s “The Gospel Primer”
- For a quick link to the prose version, you can click to this blog here
- Find a gospel-centered church that preaches the whole word of God and find some encouragement in Godly brothers and sisters…perhaps they may even have biblical counseling available.
How is your hope?