Places of misplaced hope
1. Materialism -rising to the top financially will make life fulfilling and satisfying
If your hope is placed in materialism, then you have denied God. (31:24-5; 28)
2. Circumstances- meaning in life is directed to the changing of circumstances
Hope placed in Jesus Christ is the only hope that does not disappoint. (Romans 5:3-5)
3. Romance- an idealistic picture of life, love and happiness. (31:26-28)
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” (Prov. 13:12)
What does it mean to hope in Christ?
1. In what He has done in the past (I Peter 1:3)
2. In what He is doing now.
Your hope determines your behavior. (I John 3:3; I Thess. 1:3)
3. In what He is going to do in the future. (I Cor. 15:19)
Titus 2:11-13 sums it up.
11- bringing salvation to us (past)
12- teaching us self-controlled, upright and godly lives (present)
13- come again in glory (future)