By: Douglas M. Williams Sr
“That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments” (Psalm 78:7).
“Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God” (Psalm 146:5).
“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man sees, why does 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).
“And now abides faith, hope, and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).
“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (1 Corinthians 15:19).
“Lay hold upon the hope set before us: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast” (Hebrews 6:18-19).
Hope is defined as “Desire with expectation of obtaining that which is desired,” and is so important in our lives on this earth and ‘to the hope of eternal life’” (Titus 1:2; 3:7).
Hope is one of the three greatest things that Paul mentions in the last verse of his great chapter on love. In that familiar verse Paul mentions faith, hope, and love, and it is interesting that Paul mentions these three things again in Colossians 1:4-5, where he says, “we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all saints, because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven.” These are certainly three graces that should always be conspicuous in the life of every Christian.
We should be rich in faith; full of love; and abound in hope as we prepare ourselves for our inheritance in heaven. Let not these three kindred spirits be strangers to your souls, but let faith, hope, and love always abide in your heart.
Of the things we know about hope, have we given proper consideration to the fact that hope is one of the things whereby we are saved (Romans 8:24)? Since the Bible points out that all are guilty of sin (Romans 3:23), our great need is salvation. God in his love and grace has done His part, and Jesus died for us that we might be forgiven.
Our part is to obey by believing, repenting of sins, confessing our faith in Christ as God’s son, and being baptized for the remission of our sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38). Then with the Lord’s help we are to live faithfully for Jesus (Revelation 2:10), and He will save us eternally in heaven.