Hope is a good thing to have…especially when it’s so scarce.
When you realize how numbered your days are…when you understand how many bad people are around…when you wonder how you’ll make it through another day, hope is a good thing to fall back on. Do you have it…hope? Or have you hoped before and things didn’t come through? Or do you question whether there’s any hope left in the world? Or for the world? Well, consider this…
Faith. Do you have faith? In God? The reason I ask is because without faith in God you don’t really have any hope. Or at least any hope you have is like a vapor. But faith in God has substance. In fact, that kind of faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” What things can be hoped for when you put your faith in God? How about these: everlasting love, everlasting life, paradise where no evil person will ever threaten you again. Any of those things sound good?
I hear grown men talking about silly things like the weather being our greatest threat, or how people are “just basically good”, or how we’ve got to “address this problem of crime”. Statements and positions like those show me why God says “wisdom is the principal thing“. All the college training or trade schools or online degrees in the world won’t give you wisdom and understanding. And without those, you’re nothing more than a clanging cymbal that eventually becomes a vapor in the wind.
Latch onto wisdom. You can find it all through the Bible. And it will help you understand why people do the things they do…and then why God has to do the things He does. And as your understanding grows, and you apply it to your daily obstacles, you’ll discover a hope inside you that many others never find. A hope that knows perfection is coming. That kind of hope produces faith. And together they produce love.
And that’s why I say hope is a good thing to have, and I mean when your hope is in your Creator. Do you have it yet?