Sunday, December 30, 2012

Hope for 2013?

It’s natural as we approach the end of one year to try to peer into the next. As we cannot know the future, it seems the most we can do is hope for the best. All those wishes for health and happiness for the coming year are just that: wishes!

Britain is known as the “Land of Hope and Glory,” sung with gusto at the Royal Albert Hall in London every year at the end of the Promenade Concerts. For many this memory has a ring of truth, although hope is diminishing in that country and the glory has been fading for a long time.

Of faith, hope and love, the greatest may be love, but the least understood is hope. Hopelessness is the cause of suicide; hope is an essential ingredient of life. But hope according to its general definition—the probable/possible expectation of something desired—is no match for life

So why does the Bible put so much emphasis on hope if hope is that precarious? Because the Bible has a different idea of hope: It is certainty about the future, as certain as the love of God and assured by our faith—faith that is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

That evidence for the unseen is more sure than the evidence for the life we experience here. “For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Thus, we will continue to put my trust and hope in God through 2013. 

Will you?

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