Welcome to A Cup of Joy, a place where you can get inspiration, health tips, and most important Bible devotions to help you become the best person you can be.

So sit back, grab your cup of coffee or tea and embrace the joy of life.

In this Cup of Joy, we are going to talk about Hope.

In the dictionary, Hope means a feeling of expectation and desire for a sure thing to happen or a wish. But in the Bible, hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised, and its strength is in His faithfulness for a future of hope and Joy.

There are many times we feel hopeless; circumstances cause us to feel pain and frustration and we lose faith.  We face times in life where we lose hope, but with patience and confidence, we can learn from examples in the Bible that even with struggles, there is hope. After all, God promises it and His promises are true.

Jerimiah 29:11,  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.

God promises us hope, a faithful hope, a hope of joy and a future.  Let’s trust in that promise.

If you look at some biblical examples, it can help us to live with hope even if it takes patience, which increases faith and grows our confidence.

In Samual 1:6-10, we learn about Hannah, who could not conceive, and the more she waited, the more she lost hope. She became bitter and sorrowful and lost all hope.

In Psalms 13:1, we learned of Saul, who was jealous of David and tried to kill him.  David lost hope, thinking God forgot him.

There are so many other examples of lost Hope, but in both these examples, what happened?  They returned to God, they prayed, and they learned to trust God.

Hannah cried out to God in hope for a son; she trusted him even during her painful times, and because she turned to God’s promise, she was blessed.

David clung to God and put his faith in God’s hope and instead of focusing on his problems, he trusted Gods

Spending time with God can combat our hopelessness; it moves our attention to Him.

Let’s put our faith in His promises and lean into the hope of all His promises.

Love and Peace,