• Justin Dosch

Day 21: Sunday, May 3rd

Where is our hope? Across the world, you'd find a variety of answers, BUT only one of them is worth striving toward.

| "Those who hope in me will not be disappointed." - Isaiah 49:23

It's amazing to me that while we are living in this world of sin, we can find so much hope and peace because of the sacrifice our Father provided through Jesus on the Cross. It's because of that we can put our hope in something flawless and never be let down. Placing our hope in Jesus secures our hearts and keeps us from wavering, like Hebrews 6:19 tells us:

| "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure."

It's easy to say our hope is in Jesus, but to really live it out daily is a challenge. Today's devotional reminds us to simply whisper to ourselves, "Jesus, You are my Hope." In doing so, we're bringing it to life and making it a reality. Our faith might not always be tangible in our lives, but speaking it into existence helps us see its power. When we pray, we can move mountains with just a mustard seed of faith.

| "Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” - Matthew 17:20

Personally, I've struggled significantly in my past with putting my hope in fleeting things. Prior to knowing Jesus, I had a whole list of things I put my hope in, such as:

- My boyfriend

- Achievements/Goals

- Family and Friends

- Career

- Academics

- Status

And all of those things never held me up like Jesus has and will continue to do every day of my life. Any time one of those things sat where God was to be sitting, I battled major anxiety, depression and insecurities because I was CONSTANTLY let down. I hold onto this as a reminder of how those other things were never adequate. In times of weakness, I may find myself worrying too much about my husband or goals, but it's not long until I remember to turn my focus on Jesus!

| " 'Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade." - 1 Peter 1:3-4

Reflection: Think of the things that have gotten in the way of putting your hope in Jesus. Write them down or put them in your phone notes as a way to truly expose them and acknowledge this weakness. The enemy wants you to stay naive and unaware, but if you put them in the light, God will use it to grow you!

Discussion: After reflecting, find a verse or two that will help you battle these false hopes and share it. It might be an encouraging piece of scripture that someone else needed to see. God's Word is one of our best pieces of armor!