“He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children…so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments”
God wants us to hope in Him. His commandments, His laws, His calling on our lives, are given so that we will hope in Him. So that we won’t put our hope in things that will fail us. He doesn’t want our hope to be in shifting circumstances and faulty people. He wants it to be in Him, because He is constant.
It is hope that should characterize our prayers. Hope that should be evident in our actions and words. Hope that should strengthen our obedience, because we know that our God is good and wise and righteous. We hope in Him, not in ourselves, so we follow His commands even in the moments when it seems better to us to do otherwise. This sets us apart. It increases our joy. We have hope and light in our souls because we trust that God is and will always be faithful to us.
We set our hope in God, so we believe that our path is full of His steadfast love and faithfulness, that He is for us, even when we can’t see it. At times it takes greater strength than we have. But our God is so gracious that He helps us here. Paul wrote in 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.” We serve a God of hope. It all comes from Him. Our strength, our joy, our peace, and our hope are all found in Christ. Even in this, we are not alone. The power of the Holy Spirit is within us, working in our hearts so we will abound in hope. A cup overflowing, a life shining to the glory of God.
“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.” Psalm 146:5-8