Hope in the view of the world is “to want something to happen or be true and think that it COULD happen or it COULD be true”. It is NOT a sure thing. It is a kind of hope without any basis for expecting fulfillment.
On the contrary, HOPE in a biblical sense is a CONFIDENT EXPECTATION OF GOOD! It is a JOYFUL ANTICIPATION that something GOOD is going to happen! It’s an UNBREAKEABLE SPIRITUAL LIFELINE. And this HOPE will not lead to disappointment. For we know how DEARLY GOD LOVES US, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with HIS LOVE (Romans 5:5).
Come to think of it, how many of us know beyond a shadow of a doubt that when we TRULY love someone, we will never ever think of hurting or disappointing our loved one? Ohhh … you’ll even promise a heavenly life in spite of knowing that it would be next to impossible to do because somehow, somewhere along the way we are bound to fail. BUT GOD perfectly demonstrated His love by sending us JESUS, the HOPE of GLORY, that we may know the true essence of Who He is … A God of Love, A God Who IS Love. He withheld nothing from us not even the Darling of heaven. In His love, we get confident that He is passionately committed to our good that causes HOPE to arise inside of us.
God’s love cannot be known apart from experience and we can only understand Him through relationship. Our intellect can only go so far, but He is FAR ABOVE and BEYOND what we can think or imagine of HIM.
I love The Message translation of this verse on Who He is …
God’s love is METEORIC,
His loyalty ASTRONOMIC,
His purpose TITANIC,
His verdicts OCEANIC,
Yet in His LARGENESS
NOTHING GETS LOST;
NOT A MAN, not a mouse, slips through the cracks.
(Psalm 36:5-6 MSG)
He is full of SUPERLATIVES and even far better than that! He is ALMIGHTY (FULL of might and power). Yet in HIS GREATNESS we are INTIMATELY KNOWN BY HIM that even the number of hairs on our head HE KNOWS! That’s a POWERFUL TRUTH! He knows the ins and outs of us and yet HE DEEPLY LOVES US. His love pursues and is unstoppable.
When we set our hearts to TRUST HIM because of HIS GREAT LOVE FOR US, only then we will CONFIDENTLY HOPE IN HIM, the kind of hope that never disappoints, with an expectation of good that will SURELY happen. Remember that our expectations are breeding grounds for breakthroughs to come!
Let’s HOPE in HIM! EXPECT only FROM HIM! And TRUST HIM that He is ABLE to do exceedingly, infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, and dreams. We have GOOD GOD AND HE IS ALWAYS IN A GOOD MOOD!
Thank YOU, Jesus …
“This HOPE we have as an ANCHOR OF THE SOUL, both SURE AND STEADFAST, and which enters the PRESENCE BEHIND THE VEIL, where the FORERUNNER has entered for us, even JESUS, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:19-20)
By Chee Pada