Words from the Heart: Hope for the Future


In Wisdom for Each Day by Billy Graham, you’ll find 365 devotions and Scriptures to help nurture and strengthen your relationship with God through faith in Jesus.

    If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.


As we start a new year, the Bible tells us there can be hope for the future.

First, there is hope of a changed person. No matter how hard we try, we are incapable of ridding ourselves of the selfishness and greed that cause conflict and strife and war. Our only hope is a changed heart—and Jesus is in the business of changing hearts.

Second, there is hope of a changed world. When we know Christ, He gives us by His Spirit a new love and concern for others. We can no longer be indifferent to their sufferings, and we’ll want to do something about them. Changed by Christ, we can begin to change our world.

Third, there is hope of an unchanging eternity in heaven. This world is not all there is. Someday all its pain and heartache will come to an end for those who know Christ (Revelation 21:4). Evil and death will be abolished, and we will be safely in God’s presence forever.

As you read the headlines or look at your own life, you may be wondering if there is any hope. The answer from the Bible is a resounding yes.

Thank You, Father, for the fresh hope that a new year brings. Because of Christ, we can experience new birth within ourselves, encourage those hurting around us, and eagerly anticipate the heavenly joys to come.

Excerpted from Wisdom for Each Day by Billy Graham.

Billy Graham, world-renowned preacher, evangelist, and author, delivered the gospel message to more people face-to-face than anyone in history and ministered on every continent of the world in more than 185 countries. Millions have read his inspirational classics, including Angels, Peace with God, The Holy Spirit, Hope for the Troubled Heart, How to Be Born Again, The Journey, Nearing Home, and The Reason for My Hope.