A Life of Hope
Hope is believing that a particular desire or expectation will be given based on the information that has been presented to you. For a Christian, this hope is Heaven. Heaven is a place where one will spend eternity praising the Lord and giving thanks to Him for coming into the world for us. But on earth, it is difficult sometimes to remember hope.
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1). In this small verse, God has told us to have faith in what we may not see or hear. “But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Heb 11:6). Therefore, we do not have to see the Lord to believe that He exist.
God has given us all things that we need in order to see Him without seeing Him. The complexities of this world still cannot be explained by man. The theories that man has invented attempt to justify without God, but they fail. Nothing can be explained without God’s divine wisdom. So with this in mind, we must have hope in Him.
Hope keeps a Christian doing right. It allows him to not give up on himself or other Christians. Even when the world seems to tear your soul down, it is hope that allows us to continue and to keep our paths straight. God would never lie to us and He has made His promise that “Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16b).
In order to have hope in what the Lord promised, we need to obey Him. If we have obeyed Him, then “The Lord is not slacked concerning His promise” (2 Pet 3:9a). We need to have faith that one day we will be with God if we have lived right and that without Him, there is no hope. Hope should be a comforting word for a Christian so that our souls can one day be at rest with Him in Heaven.