There is a quality of life that we too quickly overlook. In this world of immediate gratification, the concept of ‘hope’ is alien. Hope speaks of delay. Hope requires waiting. Who wants to wait? Who needs hope?
Ask the cancer patient who is enduring rounds of chemotherapy. Ask the soldier who stands on the eve of battle. Ask the parent who waits at night for their child to come home. We may not want those times we need hope but nothing can replace good hope in those times.
John Bunyan wrote, "Hope is never ill when faith is well." Hope is the thermometer of our faith. It gives us an accurate reading of how much we really trust the Lord to work His will in our lives. We can hope when we truly believe that God intends the best for us.
"I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 How fitting that this promise was recorded by the ‘weeping’ prophet. Jeremiah was the delivery boy of bad news. He told God’s people that judgment was inescapable and there was nothing they could do about it. How would you like that job?
But people do it everyday. Doctors give patients a terminal diagnosis. Judges put behind bars the greater portion of one’s life. Teachers give failing grades and employers tell us our job is gone. We need hope. Oh, how we need hope because hope was built for the hard times.
Hope has amazing powers. It can literally save us in the worst moments. "We were saved by this hope but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?" Romans 8:24 Hope does not need the physical. Hope does not need to be rescued. Hope does not require the doing of deeds.
Hope requires only a promise. As David noted, "Those who fear You will be glad when they see me because I have hoped in your word." Psalm 119:74 All we need for hope is to believe in the good will of God. Hope is what happens when we are convinced that God will work all these things out for our good.
So take those moments you cannot do anything about and search the promises of God. See in His Word if he offers any hope for you. There are over 600 promises of God for you in the Bible. Maybe it’s time you start looking for one.