Hope

hopeHope is a desire for something to happen, while expecting or being confident it will come true. Hope also implies a certain amount of perseverance, believing that something is possible even when there is some evidence to the contrary. Hope may be directed toward something minor to something extremely significant. “False hope” is hoping for something that is extremely unlikely or unrealistic.” (Word IQ)

I wanted to begin with a definition of the word – hope – and grabbed this one off the internet. It’s a suitable definition. We can see that hope is not wishful thinking driven along by mere fate, but rather hope is a convinced expectation in some thing or someone to bring about a desired end. There is also a challenge to our hopes in that it is possible they may be dashed, nevertheless, we persist, we remain hopeful. We also observe a rather simple and obvious fact that hope can be put toward anything from finding a parking place to finding a pot o’ gold. And finally, there is false hope that is indeed wishful thinking and fate based. Hope is a small word with a huge meaning.

Here we will not get into minor hopes, although those little hopes are very common to us all, kind of bind us together. Who among us doesn’t hope to find that parking place at the Mall during the Christmas season? Or hopes the car starts on a bitter cold morning? Even hopes the wife remembers to get my favorites at the grocery store when she forgot and left my list on the kitchen table – AGAIN! Well, maybe that last one is unique to me. But how often we shake our heads in knowing agreement concerning the common things for which we hope.

Bigger hopes span the world. Who doesn’t hope for a better life for their children and grandchildren? Who does not hope for a peaceful and prosperous existence? From the four corners of the globe universal hopes like these are shared by all people. So what if all our hopes in this life come true? Not only is there a parking place, but its right next to the store. The wife remembers my grocery list, and brings home everything on it – Woooohoooo!!! What if the generations after us have more than us, and what if our everyday lives here on this earth have a Hawaiian-likeness? Even if all our hopes are realized in this life, what of hope beyond? Is there any? Most people will answer in the affirmative, but fleshed out we find they believe and speak of a false hope. “Well, they’re in a better place now.” Based on what? – Our wishes? – Some nebulous purveyor of fate?

There is a better way: A sure way. The Apostle Peter declares, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (I Peter 1:3-5) The Apostle Paul tells those in Christ “…you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance…” (Ephesians 1:13, 14) And Paul reminds us that if we have His Spirit in us He will “…give life to our mortal bodies through His Spirit…” (Romans 8:11)

Christ dwelling in us is our hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27) Does He dwell in you today? Do you have a living hope? Do you know for certain that your hope beyond this life will be realized? Hope, real hope, true hope, is in “…our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, our hope.” (I Timothy 1:1)

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