It is fair to say that the word hope is being misused in day to day conversation. For instance, “I hope so” or “we can only hope” are used as something that will only happen in a miracle. In the Bible, the closest we can find hope defined is in Hebrew 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” The word is used in relation to faith as if they were equivalents … “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7) and ” For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance” (Romans 8: 24-25). Both faith and hope have the same characteristics as invisible, yet tangible assurance. If like me you have been waiting for the Son of God’s second coming, do not lose hope because “…the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:25-27). MM
This thought was written by Monix Mathieu, FCAP Leadership and Group Development.