Saturday, May 30, 2015

Got Hope?


got hope?
Hope waits.
Hope trusts.
Hope anticipates.
Hope longs and expects.
Hope is unseen.
Have you ever prepared something you couldn’t wait to deliver?  You lovingly create this special item and then rehearse every scenario of the moment it is received.  But when the time comes, things don’t go as planned.  Somehow the delivery was bungled. The timing skewed. The reception less than perfect. What happened?  Nothing went as you had imagined. Now you’re left with great disappointment; dreams deflating like a leaky balloon. All your hopes, poof – gone in an instant.

Aww, such is life, my mother would say. But why?

Is it because we are temporal and our life, in its best state is but a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away?[1]

Is it because we live in a sin-cursed world where everything groans, awaiting the revealing of the sons and daughters of God?[2]

Possibly. But thankfully, we cannot see the future.  If we could, chances are we would not have even tried. We never would have begun the task of creating our special item, let alone try to deliver it.  On the other hand, what is the line in Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem? “Tis better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.”

Yet, it doesn’t feel better during the emotional pain of heartbreak. Nor does it feel like we should have created a special item when our dreams are dashed.

Nevertheless, we are more loving, because we loved and we’re stronger, because we tried. So, it’s much better to try a special task and fail at the delivery, than to have never tried at all – right?

If you say no, then answer this:  Even though our item was not as well received as we would have liked, does this mean it was not worth doing? Maybe for the moment our hopes and dreams disappeared, but should we quit trying altogether?

No, on both accounts. We learn from our mistakes. We apologize, make corrections, change our approach, and we know in our heart the next time things will go better. This, my friends, is hope.

Hope is to desire with expectation of obtainment[3] and God created us with hope. Yet hope in the physical is fleeting and finite. When life is over, so too, our hope. Unless, we believe in Jesus Christ.  Then hope extends beyond life. It is eternal because Jesus is eternal and He is our Hope.

Most humans do hope for something beyond physical life, but without Christ, their hope is misplaced. Still, they hope just the same, for God set eternity in the heart of man. And because He did, believers are given an open door that no man can shut. So, take the time to walk through it. Share the gospel. Don’t worry about delivery, timing, or failure. That’s God’s job.

Then wait for the seed to take root. Trust it will grow and bear fruit. Anticipate, long and expect God to finish the good work He started. And all you who hope in the Lord, continue in faith and be of good courage for He, who loves you with an everlasting love, shall strengthen your heart.[4]




[1] James 4:14
[2] Romans 8:19-25
[3] Merriam-Webster Dictionary
[4] Jeremiah 31:3; Psalm 31:24