A devotional thought from Keith Whitfield for “The Resurrection”
Hope is a powerful word. Hope is the virtue that tells us something better awaits if only we have faith. Hope believes God has a plan. While it is a hard word to define, we know what we mean when we use the word. It is more than merely a desire or wish. We are expressing that we have a desire to see something specific happen. It is desire that becomes anticipation.
Biblically, hope carries the idea of “confidence in what will happen.” Hebrews says, “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen” (Heb. 11:1). In Romans 8, Paul says, “In this hope we were saved” (Rom. 8:24). We don’t cross our fingers and wish for the best. We have confidence that God’s promises will happen.
However, the question is “Why would living people need such hope?” The answer is that not everything is right in our world. We know this, don’t we?
We are often overwhelmed with broken relationships, with limited financial resources, with stress over getting things done. We are aware of the consequences of living in a broken world and our inability to address the difficulties in our lives. In the midst of this, we groan inwardly, but in Christ, we hope outwardly.
Hope doesn’t deny the world’s brokenness but looks to the day when all of God’s promises are fulfilled for us and in us. We can have hope. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 that not a single eye has seen nor a single ear ever heard what God has prepared for those who love Him. He goes so far as to say that we cannot even imagine it.
Pause and Reflect
• If you were free from the fear of disappointment, would you hope more fervently?
• Consider 1 Peter 2:6. How does this verse free you from the fear of disappointment?