Numbers of Hope

The other day I picked up a book by Max Lucado called “Numbers of Hope”. It’s a book based on one of the greatest known verses in the Bible, John 3:16.

“For God so Loved the world That He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever BELIEVES in Him shall not PERISH but have ETERNAL LIFE.”

These 26 words perhaps provide the greatest amount of Hope in which anyone can have. The Hope that God loves us. The Hope that God gives to us. The Hope that if We Believe, We can Live.

I’m also learning what exactly Hope is… it’s more than just “I HOPE this will happen one day…” The greek word for the hope in the New Testament is “Elpis” which literally means “Looking Forward To” or with “Great Expectation”.

I truly have a HOPE for Eternity. I look forward to seeing my son, Nathaniel. I look forward and can’t wait to stand in the presence of my God. He is ultimately the reason for my HOPE, and He has provided HOPE for the entire world.

It amazes me that we often take those 26 words of HOPE for granted so often. Those numbers are seen everywhere… John 3:16… But, how often do we actually reflect on that verse? The message of HOPE that God is providing?

I don’t fully understand why God allows certain events to take place in our lives, but I do know that God has a plan for everything, and He is in ultimate control. That is where my HOPE lies, in the truth of God’s Word and His promises towards me.

Are you living “elpis” type hope?

1 comment

  1. Heather says:

    Hello… I stumbled upon your designs through flickr and was wondering if you would be willing to design something for our Children’s Church and how much it would cost. I’m a Children’s Pastor and our Children’s Ministry name is The Outlet (Plugging Kids into God, The Word, and the World). Let me know my e-mail is heather@hfaog.com.

    Thank you so much for your time!

    Because God Loves Kids,

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