GREG SIMAS

Convergence

Choosing HOPE > Despair

The estimated reading time is 2 minutes

This is blog post connects to our Convergence Choosing Challenge on Instagram and Facebook.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jer. 29:11).”

For many, hope is a desire for something good in the future. We hope something ends soon or that a loved one arrives home safely. Though this definition is good, it expresses levels of uncertainty and doubt. This is not a full definition of biblical hope.

Biblical Hope

Biblical hope, though it includes much of our current definition, is attached to something more. Biblical hope is not just a desire for something good in the future, but rather, a confident expectation and desire for something good in the future, believing it will happen.

Hope is not merely a wish; it is assurance.

Biblical hope is in union with the “God of hope.” Our hope is fixed on who our Father is and what He has said.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

Despair – the Absence of Hope

Despair is the opposite of hope. Despair fills a vacant room absent of hope. Despair keeps us from victory. It enslaves us to the past and overwhelms us in the present. When we feel downcast, discouraged, or despair, choose to put your hope in God.

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Psalm 42:5

Choose Hope

“He who has the most hope has the most influence.” Why? Because hope is life-giving. It’s courageous. It brings the goodness of God into the future. It anchors us to the God of hope. Godly leaders inspire hope. Not hope in a system, not hope in human-made governments, but hope in God.

Today, choose hope over despair! If despair knocks on your door, send it away with hope. Put your hope in God. Let God fill you to overflowing hope, impacting all of you and spilling out to all those the Lord sends your way.

Blessings!! — Pastor Greg

Receive Free "Ekklesia Emerging"

Subscribe now and receive a FREE copy of Pastor Greg's new e-book: Ekklesia Emerging!
In addition, you will have the convenience of having new posts delivered right to your email inbox. Read. Forward to Friends.Unsubscribe at any time.
SUBSCRIBE!
*Privacy Guarantee: I will never share your e-mail address with anyone.
Share this

Greg is the Founder and Senior Leader of Convergence House of Prayer, Husband, Father, Pastor and Writer. He is married to his wife Wendi, and have three amazing children and four grandchildren. Greg lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

4 Comments

  1. Terri Barnes

    Thank you PG! These messages have been so encouraging and life giving.

    • Greg Simas

      Thanks, Terri. Pray all is well you all. 🙂

  2. Deborah Pierce

    Good word, Pastor & I love that picture that so accurately describes hope…just a glimmer of light bursting through the darkness & overtaking it’s devastating hold

    • Greg Simas

      Totally, Deborah. Thanks for sharing. Blessing to you and your family.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Receive Free "Ekklesia Emerging
Subscribe now and receive aFREE copy of Pastor Greg's new e-book: Ekklesia Emerging!
Unsubscribe at any time.
Subscribe
*Privacy Guarantee: We will never share your e-mail address with anyone else.
Close

Receive Free "Ekklesia Emerging"

Subscribe now and receive a FREE copy of Pastor Greg's new e-book: Ekklesia Emerging!
In addition, you will have the convenience of having new posts delivered right to your email inbox. Read. Forward to Friends.Unsubscribe at any time.
SUBSCRIBE!
*Privacy Guarantee: I will never share your e-mail address with anyone.
close-link
Instant Download
Free eBook 
Ekklesia Emerging
Subscribe now and receive a FREE copy of Pastor Greg's new e-book: Ekklesia Emerging!
Unsubscribe at any time.
Subscribe! 
*Privacy Guarantee: I will never share your e-mail address with anyone.
close-link
Free Download
Ekklesia Emerging
Subscribe now and receive a FREE copy of
Pastor Greg's new e-book: Ekklesia Emerging!
In addition, you will have the convenience of having new posts delivered right to your email inbox. Read. Forward to Friends. Unsubscribe at any time.
Download
You can unsubscribe anytime.
close-link