Hope

Hope springs eternal in the heart of man” – Alexander Pope.

While alive, there is always reason to hope, to expect to be blessed if only we can discover the keys to Our Father’s heart.  If only we can learn his ways and imitate him, things are surely going to turn in our favor.  

In fact, it is written that our heavenly hope is the mother of our faith in Christ and of our love for all the saints (Colossians 1:4,5).   

It is also written that  our faith and our knowledge of the truth that leads to Godliness rests on the hope of eternal life (Titus 1:1,2).  Beware a man who has no hope; you will find no faith, love, or favor there.

Hope is way more than wishing.

True hope is knowing—knowing that there is a God who can be known, knowing that “He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:1,6).  Once we know this, the challenge becomes putting our full faith there and keeping it there, even as all circumstances seem to contradict our faith.  

In the beginning, this hope is but an ember; in the end, it is a flame, bringing warmth and light into our lives and the lives of all whom we love.  Hope is absolutely essential in this mortal life, for everything visible is in a state of decay.  

The only things that are growing forever are our faith, our hope, and our love.

Love is our supreme aim, and love is born when our hope is sure.

Without hope, despair sets in and brings with it fear and anxiety.

With a rock solid hope, we are set free from all earthly concerns and are lifted continually into the heavens where Christ is seated at the right hand of God (1 John 3:3; Colossians 3:1).

Only then are we released into our “works of faith, our labors of love, and our endurance inspired by our hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thessalonians 1:2).  

Faith, hope, and love working together in perfect harmony, and they themselves being empowered from on high.

Together, they have all the power and purpose of God’s throne backing them. Happy is the man that learns their secrets!

— Brad Heilhecker