It’s a little funny that I based a blog around the concept of hope and what God was teaching me about hope, but sometimes I think that I still don’t have a good grasp on the meaning of the word. Often, I still think of hope in the sense of “I really hope ______ happens.” In this way, it’s a wish, a want, a dream, or an uncertainty in the future; something you’re not sure will happen, but you “hope” that it will.
I was reminded back in December, however, that this is not representative of Biblical hope (sidenote: I wrote this post originally back in December and am just now getting around to editing and posting. Whoops.) Our pastor preached from Hebrews 6, which includes the verse that talks about our hope as an anchor for the soul. The Bible explains that our ultimate hope is fulfilled in Christ, and realized through eternal life with Him after this temporal life. Biblical hope is something that is sure, certain, and founded in our faith.
This is the gospel: God created us to have perfect fellowship with Him, but we separated ourselves from God by sin – becoming spiritually dead. BUT GOD made a way for us to be reunited with Him eternally by sending His Son to take the penalty for our sin and bestow on us the free gift of spiritual life. In this truth, the ultimate “hope” that we have is the spiritual life, or eternal life, but it is not just a dream or a wish or some uncertain thing, with fingers crossed, will occur for the future. No; instead, through the word of God, we can know that this hope is a certainty for those who are in Christ. In other words, we who have given Christ Lordship (i.e., given Him control of our lives) have the certainty of eternal life with Him and peace with God.
What about our earthly hopes? They are defined by Jesus and our faith. We still have casual hopes, such as “hoping” that it will be sunny this weekend, or that the cookies will turn out all right, or that our family will have safe travels on vacation. We also have more weighty hopes, ones that intrinsically affect our lives or the lives of those we love – such as hoping for healing from cancer, or to find a godly spouse, or (as I know well) for a baby. But all of our hopes are seen through the lens of our faith. This gives them importance (or reveals the ones that actually aren’t so important), and we know we can trust the Giver of all good gifts to give that which we hope for if it will be for His glory and our good. Thus, we can trust Him in all things, if we remember that everything is defined by our faith in Him, and we know that our ultimate Hope is eternal and secure.
What is it for which you’re hoping right now? Do you trust God ultimately with your hopes, even if things turn out a little differently than you’d desire? This is my story: my sweet baby that I hoped for did not come in the time or manner that I had hoped (read: two years and multiple miscarriages, medical procedures, and surgeries later), but I know God has brought glory from brokenness and I’m so grateful for my Liam.
Most importantly, is your eternal hope secure in Christ?
(Updates about Liam – he is now 10 months old! Wow! He is the smiley-est baby and loves to babble, laugh, and loves attention. He’s a people watcher for sure – I call him”nosy” all the time. He is crawling quite fast and loves to pull up on any and everything. He’s a busy boy, for sure! He’s got curly, wild hair, and his eyes are grey-blue with hints of brown. He has six teeth (four upper, two lower) and I’m thinking that more are on the way! I’m starting to think about birthday plans and in disbelief that God has allowed us to parent this precious baby for almost a year now. He is my daily reminder of God’s goodness and faithfulness.)