Hope and Faith

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Romans 8:24-25

Hope is a very powerful thing.  Having hope can get us through many trials, tribulations and dark nights.  Charles Spurgeon once said “Hope itself is like a star – not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the dark night of adversity.”  The previous verses in this chapter deal with the fact that all of nature (even our own bodies) are groaning under the curse of sin, awaiting the day that curse will be lifted.  These verses tell us that, even in all of that suffering, we can (and should) have hope.

It is the fact that we are dealing with all of the problems that the curse of sin has caused that allows us to have hope in the future and in God’s promises of the future.    To use a silly illustration, I can hope that I will have pizza for supper.  But if I am currently eating pizza for supper, there is no hope.  My hope has come to pass.  That is the way it is for Christians right now.  We have hope, but we have hope in something that we cannot see at this time.

When we look around at the world around us, there is suffering, trouble, and strife everywhere we look.  But we have hope and we “with patience wait for it.”  We have faith in what God has said in His Word.  We have faith that we will do as He said.  That faith gives us hope, and hope is a powerful thing indeed!

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