So glad you’re joining us for 30 Days of Hopeful. We’ve been talking about ways to build our hope–sometimes in short supply these days. It’s clear from God’s Word that hope is vital to our spiritual life. Crucial to our mental health. Humans don’t function well without hope. I’ve even heard it said that “something to look forward to” is a key factor in those who age well. Let’s face it. We all need hope.
It’s a mistake, though, to look at hope as a solo journey. God made us humans to live together in community. So if we want to be filled with hope, it helps to find some follow travelers with whom we can “do life.” Sadly, the down side of what Americans refer to as “rugged individualism” is that we sometimes forfeit the teamwork that could help us keep our hope strong.
We learned earlier that through “endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4). Let’s take another look at the next verse, which reminds us that God is the one who gives us the “hope-giving” endurance and encouragement: “May God, who gives you this endurance and encouragement, allow you to live in harmony with each other by following the example of Christ Jesus” (Romans 15:5 GW).
Do you see the point here? God not only gives us endurance, encouragement through His Word, but also the ability to live in harmony together. And harmony helps keep our hope vibrant and alive. We see another reason to live in harmony in the next verse: “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:6).
Simply put, God likes it when we’re like-minded. And when we live in harmony with one another, it not only fuels our hope, but it also brings Him glory. And when we glorify God, we can’t help but overflow with hope. Is there someone in your path today who needs your words of hope-giving encouragement?