Sometimes I desperately and sadly think that hope is a deceitful thing; something that makes us yearn for something else that we are tempted to believe could happen, while we ourselves try to deny its possibility of coming true. But I am starting to be liberated from this oppressive lie that is fed to my vulnerable heart. I am starting to understand that the object of hope, and yearning for things that are noble and good and pure, is not bad. This thing called hope is not based on empty wishes or hollow dreams. I believe it is a partial fulfillment of the Holy Spirit, nudging us believers to experience a tidbit of what is to come very soon- the time when we enter the pure and holy presence of Jesus in heaven.
Hope doesn’t lead to despair, because hope is yearning for something that is beyond this world. And this Something that we hope for beyond this world is true; Jesus alive and forever reigns. So hope. Hope is good. We aren’t made for this world. We were made to partake in and live a life of indescribable joy in God’s everlasting kingdom! Boo to the ya. So today, I am really thankful for hope. ‘Tis a beautiful blessing.
But we must always remember that hope is from the Lord and from Him alone. Only God can fulfill the yearnings of our spirit! The justification of our hope is Jesus’ wonderful and true promise that He is coming back. That we will not be in this fallen world for long, as long as we submit to the cross. Soon we will be restored and renewed for an eternity of pure joy and worship of our God who is too good for words to explain.
“For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” -Romans 8:24-25
I also believe hope is essential to understand our place here on earth- a reminder that we cannot, and never will be, fulfilled by this world. Only our Creator can complete and heal our broken hearts. The constant yearning believers (and non-believers, especially) experience for goodness and blessings exemplifies this fact. We continue to hope because we want to be fulfilled by Something or Someone beyond our understanding. Whether we know it or not, what we are ultimately hoping for is the Lord, and our true home with Him. Hope is good. And God is great. So hope in Him, and let the encouragement of the Spirit be our fuel to live for the Lord, sold-out to His will. Kowabunga, y’all!
“Our ‘inconsolable secret,’ says C.S. Lewis, is that we are full of yearnings, sometimes shy and sometimes passionate, that point us beyond the things of earth to the ultimate reality of God… To hope for your future is to affirm the life God gave you and the tangle of possibilities that it generates. Keep hope alive.” - Cornelius Plantinga Jr.