God of Hope uses a broad range of scripture to challenge and develop your understanding of hope and why we desperately need it. Having hope doesn’t make life easy. It simply gives us something that we can lean on and run towards no matter what is happening.
Today’s divisive and hurting world is in desperate need of hope, so I was eager to answer God’s call to write a hopeful book for hurting people. However, I felt ill-equipped to do so. As I wrestled with the challenge, God reminded me of Bible verses that shaped my life and my understanding of hope, and I felt Him prompt me to write in three unique perspectives:
1. My story.
I (Dave Illingworth) learned a lot about hope through a successful business career that came before my family, made me angry with God, and often left me wondering why bad things happened to me.
2. God’s story.
God has a magnificent plan that is beyond our comprehension. Even though He is not bound by our earthly limitations, He allows us to join in anyway.
3. Your Story
I don’t know your personal struggles, but I do know what it’s like to be human. We all hurt and we all go through incomprehensibly hard times. This section was the most difficult to write and it is the most challenging to read, because it requires reflection. It asks hard questions that don’t always have a clear answer. I recommend reading through this section with people that you trust and challenging yourselves to be honest about your struggles with life and God. Your faith will improve because of it.