In last week’s blog, I talked about hell, and one of my key points was that we are not living a “hell on earth.” How do we know that? As previously stated, hell, at its most basic root, is the absence of God.
We talked about our hope being in Christ, that we will spend an eternity with the Creator of heaven and hearth, and have pain and suffering no more.
I want to follow up on the word “hope.” Words are important because they carry meaning. I think the word hope is thrown around quite a bit these days.
“ I hope it doesn’t rain today.”
“ I hope I feel better in the morning.”
“ I hope I get an A in math!”
“ I hope I don’t go to hell!”
These “hope” statements, and many like them, put hope in a bottle. It appears that when we rub the bottle, the genie comes out to grant us our wishes. It’s left up to chance, happenstance.
So what does true Biblical hope look like? Is it wishful thinking? Do we rub the bottle and hope the Genie comes out to answer our requests? This picture is the furthest thing from what hope really is. The Biblical definition of hope is a “confident expectation.” Romans 8:24-25 and Hebrews 11:1 say that “hope is the firm assurance regarding things that are unclear and unknown.” Hope is the foundation of our Christian faith! Without it life has no meaning. What should hope look like in my life as a Christian?
Believers, who have hope, should have confidence in God’s grace and His mercy. Believers who have hope should be set free from fear and anxiety! This certainty of a blessed future is guaranteed through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:23-25), and the Apostle Paul sums up hope this way in 1 Cor.13:13 “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
The greatest is love, “For God so loved that He gave (you and me hope) in His only son who died for us so we don’t have to!”
I HOPE this made sense!