For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? (Romans 8:24 NET)
Hope is mysterious thing.
We spend most of our lives trying to understand it.
You hope for something you can’t see…yet.
You hope for something to happen.
You hope that a person changes the way you want them to.
You hope to change.
You have hope but it has been placed in a circumstance, a human being and even in your own strength.
Our prayers are filled with hope but not hope in God. They are filled with the hopes of what we want God to do for us.
When you hope in Christ, your hope is in the immovable, unchangeable, all powerful Anointed One who by his word created the universe and by his death paid your debt to sin. He has chosen you, redeemed you and in the process of recreating you.
When your hope is placed in God,
it doesn’t matter what other people choose to do.
It doesn’t matter if something happens or doesn’t.
It doesn’t matter that you change perfectly but that you are perfected by grace.
The mystery of hope is that you don’t realize what it really is until all the other things you have put your hope in have failed.
Then you know:
your only hope is in God,
and you are free.