Thursday, June 01, 2006

True hope

I've noticed you hear the word 'Hope' used in many different contexts, here are just a few:

'I hope I get this toy for my birthday'
'I hope I get the grades I need for this job'
'I hope to find true love'

We find that a large number of people, often including ourselves, hope in terms of something that might happen; something nice which we're aiming for, but may not come through or may turn out to be a dissapointment.

I was just reading a post by Kath, and 2 verses really stuck out to me at the bottom:

"But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more" -- Psalm 71:13-15

"But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me."
-- Micah 7:6-8

As Christians we have not a merely possible hope, nor a 'would be nice but that kinda thing never happens to me' hope, nor a hope that is pie in the sky. We have a hope in Jesus Christ for the future that cannot fail, cannot be changed, and has no chance of being reduced or downgraded from what it is; eternal life with our loving Lord and saviour Jesus Christ!

Be encouraged, because what we have in Jesus is not fleeting, nor is it based on a feeling or idea of our own. We are not running after something we can never catch; we are running this race of life, knowing that the goal of Heaven lies before us, that our futures are secure in him, that he is with us. And that should make us want to praise God from the depths of our hearts!

As for us, we have a hope that will never fail or grow cold or less interesting or less possible or less likely. We have a hope that is secure, the only hope that can sustain and guide us until the end of time when we'll stand on the shores of eternity and see that hope fulfilled perfectly as Jesus stands before us, before God & his righteousness is ours forever.

The one true hope; ours forever.



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DaddyStony said...

A Hope, to have it means it is an object, to yearn for means it is a feeling, to find it means to be full of faith.

Daddy Stony (with some time on his hands)

Timmy C said...

Thanks for that Claus, my take on it is this...

A hope, to have it means it is tangible (though not necessarily an object), to yearn for it means you deeply desire it, to find it means to be satisfied beyond simple terms.

Thanks for the thought :)