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A while ago I came across someone’s very cynical
definition for Hope. It went as follows -- “Hope is the denial of reality. It is
the carrot dangled before the draft horse to keep him plodding along in a vain
attempt to reach it.” My thought was “What a horrible definition!” What kind of
a person would think such? After reading this quote I looked to find where the
quote came from. I found the presumed originator of the quote, and I was not
surprised to discover the person defining “Hope” as such was an avowed atheist.
He was one who mocked Christians for having “Hope” in something better. He
scorned the idea of looking to a better and surer existence. He was especially
frustrated that Christians placed their “Hope” for and worked toward something
more precious than this earthly life and its worldly pursuits.
The Lord has revealed the God-centered reality of “Hope” as something glorious indeed. The Word of God reveals “Hope” in many ways, but it is always portrayed as something worthy of our thoughts and meditations. In just the New Testament, the word “Hope” is found in some form over 60 times! Most often it is used to give people something precious to long for. It is intended to give those who recognize “this world is not our home” something better to look forward to.
The apostle Paul uses the word “Hope” 3 times in the paragraph in Rom 5:1-5 to show how “Hope” is central to our faith and accordingly our relationship with the Lord and what He, not only can do for us for eternity, but what He can do for us today! “Hope” is not just about the future and what the Lord promises us after this life. “Hope” is also about the Lord’s promises and provision today!
Consider Romans 5:5 – “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” This principle is referring to the Lord working in our hearts today. And of course, “Hope” is also portrayed as something the Lord will do for us at the end of time as taught in Titus 2:13 – “… looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Now to be sure, the “Hope” the Lord speaks of is different than the way many use it today as in “I hope it rains” or “I hope the Chiefs make it to the Super Bowl.” We may want these things to happen, but they are not based on the Lord’s revelation of “Hope”. The Lord’s “Hope” is a sure thing, because it is based on the reality of what He has done for mankind and what He will do!
If you consider the original quote in this article, it is little wonder many if not most of those who refuse to believe in the Lord are so unhappy. Because they truly have no “Hope”, for their lives are totally invested in what this world offers. Most of us are experienced enough to know this world is indeed filled with sorrows, but our “Hope” is in something better!
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