Do you have a favorite word? HOPE is one of mine.
Hope is real and it lives in truth and is not to be mistaken as false hope. When one makes things way too optimistic regarding something that has a strong chance of not happening, then that is false hope. In error, humans often choose this.
False hope when finished leading you on, leads to despair.
Losing hope teaches us to live in the light of real hope. I’ve had just enough pain in my life to know how valuable hope is to my own emotional survival. I’ve experienced its power!
The Bible speaks of 2 kinds of hope.
- Eternal hope. Eternal means it is going to last! It’s without end. God is eternal and without end.
- Living hope. It’s living because it resides inside our spirit. Because of the resurrection, Jesus is our living Savior, our living Hope.
Hope makes life
- worth living
- worth striving for
- worth fighting against the darkness
- worth every ounce of directed energy to hang on to
- diminishes scepticism with quiet confidence
- overrides doubt
There’s no easy path to get to this point.
We may go through storms, dark tunnels, raging rivers, sleepless nights and the question of why. As we cling to Jesus, we find His promises are true, He is faithful. In the end, we learn, HE is our Hope.
Hope has within its nature a longing for more. That’s when a believer looks to life promised beyond this one…heaven. Those in Christ have a home in heaven. Looking forward to heaven is closely aligned with hope.
Hope, for the believer, causes a radically different approach in terms of residing on planet earth. It’s about WHO is our Hope. Because of Jesus, our spirit is sustained, no matter the circumstances. We as believers have the God of Hope living in us. Even in the dark nights of the soul, we have a God big enough to absorb our despair and aching souls. He is our Hope.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
This concept of hope is too big to cover in one blog. I will post more about this supernatural quality given to every believer in Christ Jesus. Until then…
“Hope is one of the Theological virtues. This means that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.” C.S. Lewis