Hope

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” 

                                                                                    – Edward Mote (1st stanza), 1834 

 

A few weeks ago we talked about faith and how it was not just trusting the things you were familiar with or could see or touch but in the person of God who says “believe me and rely on me in this.” Today I want to look at Faith’s companion: Hope. 

 

1st Corinthians 13:13 names hope as part of the “big three” of Faith, Hope, and Love and tells us that when all else is boiled away, these three remain. 

 

So what is hope? While faith is the steadfast belief in God’s power and ability in our lives RIGHT NOW. Hope speaks to the future, but in the same assurance of God’s power and plan for us in the future. The Bible tells us that we can be just as sure of our future as we are of our present because the same person holds both in His hands. We are not believing in the future. We are believing in God’s plan for our life and our eternal destiny. 

 

Biblical hope is not wishing for something unexpected like a $10 dollar bill to show up in your pocket or for a storm cloud to blow over without ruining your picnic. Hope is the iron-clad belief that God is holding not just the future, but YOUR future in His hands. We have His assurance that we will end up where we need to be no matter the twists and turns along the way. 

 

1st Colossians 1:27 says, “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Our hope is not that somehow, someway, things will work out. It is literally Christ living in us. It is the certainty that our future is God’s eternal present, and He has a place already prepared for us. This is as true of our place tomorrow as it is the location of our eternal home.  

 

Our hope for the future is not based on idle speculation. As the hymn writer said, it is built on Jesus’ blood and righteousness, which is the only way we can be reconciled to God. 

 

Hope is a gloriously optimistic because of its certainty. It is not a flimsy wish. Our hope is already assured and proven in what the Holy Spirit has done in our lives already. We cannot put our hope in the transient and flimsy strength of our own abilities. Our hope for the future is only assured if we place that hope in the One who holds the future. As Paul tells us in 1st Timothy 6:17: Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” 

 

We serve a certain and steadfast God in a time of uncertainty. Our hope is not just in the One who holds tomorrow. Our hope is in the One who holds OUR tomorrow.  

 

His oath, His covenant, His blood support me in the whelming flood; when all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.” –Edward Mote (3rdstanza), 1834 

In Him,

Hal