“Hope” is the thing with feathers —
That perches in the soul —
And sings the tune without the words —
And never stops — at all —
And sweetest — in the Gale — is heard —
And sore must be the storm —
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm —
I’ve heard it in the chillest land —
And on the strangest Sea —
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb — of Me.
by Emily Dickinson
What is Hope? We use the word countless times a day. Hope you feel better, Hope you have a safe trip, Hope everything goes well with your surgery. Hope…hope…hope, like little prayers flying from our lips.
A Christian’s hope comes from God. 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. Rom 15:13
Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. Rom 4:18 There was no reason to hope because he was already about 100 years old, yet his faith didn’t grow weak. He continued to trust in God.
I can’t help but think of the people in the news last week. One had the hope of a tour in London. Another hoped to be healed from cancer. Two others, I imagine, hoped for a “few more years.”
We hope for tomorrow, yet ‘tomorrow’ is not promised.
Life is full of uncertainties, disappointments and sometimes broken dreams. As Christians, we can be confident in our hope in God. This hope is a certain guarantee about things that are unseen and still in the future. It’s hope that will be realized if we remain faithful to God. Rom 8:22-25 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
This same hope separates the Christian from the nonbeliever, who has no hope. Eph 2:12, 1 Thess 4:13
Consider the following from Nelson’s Bible Dictionary…Christian hope comes from God (Rom 15:13) and especially His calling (Eph 1:18; 4:4), His grace (2 Thess 2:16), His Word (Rom 15:4) and His gospel (Col 1:23). Hope is directed toward God (Acts 24:15; 1 Peter 1:21) and Christ (1 Thess 1:3; 1 Tim 1:1). Its appropriate objects are eternal life (Titus 1:2; 3:7), salvation (1 Thess 5:8), righteousness (Gal 5:5), the glory of God (Rom 5:2; Col 1:27), the appearing of Christ (Titus 2:13) and the resurrection from the dead (Acts 23:6; 26:6-7).
So dear readers, my hope is that we will all make our “calling and election” sure, in order that we will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Pet 1:10