What is Hope?
“Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began.”
– Titus 1:1-3
There is a word that continues to pop up in these devotions—hope. In a time when so much is unknown, it’s reassuring to know that we have a reason to hope. But what is hope? Is hope a light at the end of a tunnel? Is it a sign of better days to come? Is hope a word that we use and don’t really understand?
In many everyday uses of the word, hope represents a wish, something that may or may not happen. “I hope you have a great day.” You could have a great day, or it could be absolutely horrible. For your sake, I wish your day is great, but it’s up in the air. “I hope we have steak for dinner.” Same thing. Unless a plan has already been made for dinner, that’s a wish. “I hope I remember my anniversary.” Same thing. It’s a wish.
Now, look at these verses again. Is Paul saying eternal life is a wish, something that may or may not happen? No! From the Greek language, the word used here means an expectation. Paul is saying we expect eternal life. Eternal life is not something that is up in the air. It’s an expectation that we proclaim as believers in the One True God.
Those who believe there are multiple ways to heaven, they hope/wish. Those who believe there is no afterlife, they hope/wish. We EXPECT. Why? Because eternal life was promised to us by a God who cannot lie. It’s not in His character. If He says He’s going to do something, then I have an expectant hope to see that happen.
How does this definition of hope change what we’ve been reading lately? Our expectations are in Christ! Place your expectation on Christ. In this world, we will have trouble, but have expectations, because Christ has overcome the world. Hope is not an ethereal feeling of happiness and it most definitely is not a wish. True hope is something promised to us before time began, by a God who cannot lie.
Pray: God, thank You for loving me and making the promise of eternal life. Help me to place my expectations in You
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