This is probably not a question you ask someone frequently, yet most of us are probably hoping for something. Maybe you’re looking for a change in your circumstances, hoping for a better home, a shift in job, something new, or perhaps hoping for a child.
Hope is interwoven in our fabric as human beings. It is part of our narrative.
The Bible details many stories of hope amongst God’s people, looking toward something greater, waiting for an answer to a prayer.
Hannah hoped and prayed for a son. Job held on to hope through his trials. Abraham believed against hope, says Romans 4. He hoped even when there was no reason to hope and it was credited to him as righteousness.
Hope looks to the future, postured for something greater. Hope looks with expectation that something will happen.
You may also be aware that Israel’s national anthem is about this very topic of hope. Entitled Hatikvah (meaning “The Hope”), the text of this beautiful poem was originally written in the late 19th century by Naftali Herz Imber. It considers the 2,000-year-old hope the Jewish people maintained to return to their homeland.
That hope was realized in 1948 when Israel was reborn as a nation. Even during the darkest hours of the Holocaust, there are stories of Jews echoing these lyrics in the concentration camps.
As long as the Jewish spirit is yearning deep in the heart,
With eyes turned toward the East, looking toward Zion,
Then our hope – the two-thousand-year-old hope – will not be lost:
To be a free people in our land,
The land of Zion and Jerusalem.
We just entered a new decade, and perhaps there is something specific you are hoping for. Perhaps you have a list of goals to accomplish. Maybe you feel like you’ve even lost hope and need to be reminded you are not forgotten, and you have a bright future.
Whatever your circumstances, remember that as God’s people, we are a people of hope.
In our Messiah Jesus, we have a lot to hope for. We are afforded great and precious promises. We are partakers of the divine nature, says 1 Peter 1:4. As believers we don’t just hope without any assurance. We can believe in faith that what we hope for is also done through Jesus. That is what it means to be partakers of His divine nature. Remember some of these other promises on hope found in the Scriptures:
Hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:5) The eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints. (Ephesians 1:18) Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)
We almost can’t meditate on the subject of hope without also coupling it with faith. If hope looks to the future toward something better, then faith knows that it is done! Faith stands in assurance of God’s precious promises. After all, faith is the substance, or assurance, of things hoped for, says Hebrews 11.
These three abide – faith, hope, and love – but the greatest of these is love.
These words in 1 Corinthians 13 remind us that the assurance of our faith and the hope we have in our Messiah must continually be worked out through love. Because Love came in the form of a God man named Jesus, who is our Living Hope.
So, how’s your hope today?
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