Today let’s “chat” a bit about the term HOPE. Most of the time when we use this word it is very ambivalent. On a scale of “nope” to “defiantly” we’ll see hope close to “probably not”. If you mom says, “I hope we have time to get ice cream.” you know the odds are not in your favor. So when we read verses like Romans 11:1 that says “now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” It paints a picture of passivity. Maybe what God said is true, maybe not. Maybe He’ll show up and help me out maybe not. But this is not the scriptural use to the word Hope.
Hope in the Hebrew and greek is an indication of certainty. It creates confident expectation. Like when a child sees their parent pull the top off the cookie jar. They are not wondering if they are getting cookies, they know. They are filled with eager expectation even though they have not yet seen a cookie. Even if there has been no verbal communication. They know that what they hoped for will occur. This is Biblical Hope.
Understanding Hope in this context changes everything. It helps us understand why it’s so important. Why it can save our very lives. Hope is active. When you have certainty in your Hope it gives birth to faith. When a farmer who Hopes with certainty that the seeds he has in his barn will produce a crop he moves with purpose to prepare the fields. He tills the ground, gears up the tractors and mobilizes the team. He plans for where the harvest will be stored. Why? Because he Hopes for things he cannot yet see, knowing it will come to pass.
Hebrew 6:19 “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil.” What is this Hope? It is Jesus. God made a covenant with us that through Christ paying the price for our sins we could experience eternal life. This is the hope that we have as an anchor of our soul. This Hope, this certainty that we are Christ’s forever.
Hold onto this Hope and share it with others.
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