Today there is no lead in, no introduction. We are jumping right in to the core of what keeps us going: Hope. Think about it. If we have no hope, what in the world are we doing here? If you have nothing to look forward to, nothing you are dreaming about, what is the point?
This is two fold. One, we have to keep looking ahead on this earth. I can testify that dwelling on the past is draining. It can be depressing and debilitating. But looking ahead to the future gives us hope, and hope keeps us moving forward.
The second part and more importantly, the hope we have is eternal. No matter what we have going on right now, good or bad, it pales in comparison to the glory that awaits us in heaven. We are a mist that appears for a little while then vanishes.
Romans 5:2-5, “And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”
Hebrews also speaks a lot about hope. Here is a summary: Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure, by which we draw near to God. And faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
The point is short and simple: hold on to hope. It is the anchor for our souls, the means by which we are grounded. I just needed this little reminder today, and I thought you might, too.