“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:1-6 KJV
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Don’t get your hopes up” ? I have. I’ve said it many times as well. To myself, to my kids, probably even to my sweet man. Expecting a check? Don’t get your hopes up. Expecting a vacation at a certain time of year…don’t get your hopes up…something always happens…But that is not a good attitude. And I know it. I should be planting hope…not ripping it out of the ground. But I just couldn’t help it. I have had my hopes dashed more times than I want to count. But I realize why. Displaced hope.
Hope in God, never disappoints. Never. Ever. Hope in mankind or your circumstances or position in life? Disappointment. I won’t say always, nor will I say 9 times out of 10…or even 50% of the time . . . but I will say many times.
Hope is a wish or desire accompanied by confident expectation of its fulfillment. That’s the definition given by the American Standard Dictionary.
Hope implies contingency. Or, a “hope-so hope”. You ask a student in high school, “Are you going to graduate with honors?” The answer, “I hope so”. Their answer is contingent upon them putting forth every effort and doing everything possible to make it happen. And then hoping that it turns out the way they have planned. But what if they get side tracked? What if they miss some classes due to some unforeseen circumstances…they can only “hope”.
“Will the surgery be successful?” “I hope so. Barring no complications of infection or problems. I hope so.”
But the Biblical term here in these verses is not the hope-so hope…but rather a “know-so hope”. It is absolute. Concrete. Solid. God is the God of hope.
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us-they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation.” Romans 5:3-4 NLT (emphasis mine)
“And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.” Romans 5:5-6 NLT
How I love the fact that every time I place my hopes in Christ I can be confident that it is secure. It is solidified with the power of the Holy Spirit. Immovable. Unshakable. As long as I keep my hope focused on Christ…and not man. Nor me.
Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God: Psalm 146:5
The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. Lamentations 3:24-25
My hope is in Him. I have hope. Thank you Father, for the hope in my heart. For the love I feel, even when I am most unloveable. Thank you Lord, for the forgiveness that flowed. From the cross~freely to all who will ask~to all who will believe~to all who will have hope. Thank you Father, for my hope. My hope is in Christ. Thank you for Your nearness. For Your soon coming. Help me Lord to do all I can~help me to hear Your voice. Help me to share that Hope. In Your awesome name I pray~Amen.