“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Rom. 8:24,25 (NIV)
What do you really hope for? What do you find yourself daydreaming about? Is it attaining a certain life here on earth, or is it your future destiny in heaven? The vast majority of us have hope in something.
Yet for many of us, it is a divided hope.
It is not uncommon for us to put our future hope in Jesus, but our immediate hope in the world.
Our hope is divided as we attempt to “cover all our bases.”
We hope for a successful career in medicine.
We hope for a strong, healthy family.
We hope for financial security.
We hope for significant impact in this world.
While none of these things are wrong in and of themselves… they are beyond our control.
We may achieve them…and yet we may not.
When we hope in something we can’t control…we develop worry and anxiety.
We lose peace and shalom.
We also are more likely to take our own lives into our hands rather than keeping them under the Lordship of Christ.
The more our hope is placed on Christ and our eternal home, the more peace we will experience.
Jesus didn’t promise us a healthy family.
He promised us eternal life with God.
Jesus didn’t promise us prosperity or long life in this world.
He promised us a home in heaven.
Paul calls us to hope for what we will not have until we pass from this life into eternity. Our ultimate hope then is to be on Him and what He has done for us.
If you find yourself daydreaming about things in this world rather than the next, spend some time reexamining those hopes. Will they really bring you what your heart truly desires?
The superficial answer may be yes, but the deep reality is actually no.
What our heart truly desires is shalom.
Shalom…peace with God, peace with ourselves, and peace with others.
And Paul found Shalom by placing his hope on Christ.
Prayer: Lord help me examine my hopes and see how important it is to place all my hope in You.