“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.
Christians put some future hope in Jesus, but often our immediate hope is in the world. We divide our hope in an 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.
Certainly none of these things are wrong…but they are beyond our control. We may achieve them…or we may not.
When we hope in something we can’t control, we develop worry and anxiety and lose peace and shalom. We also are more likely to take control of our lives rather than allowing the Lord that control.
Jesus didn’t promise us a large home on earth, but He did promise us a home in heaven.
Jesus didn’t promise us a healthy nuclear family, but He did give us a large extended family of brothers and sisters in Him.
Jesus didn’t promise us material wealth, but He did promise rewards in heaven beyond our wildest dreams.
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, consider reexamining those hopes. Will they really bring you what your heart truly desires?
The initial answer may be yes, but the deep reality is no.
What our heart truly desires is shalom.
Shalom…peace with God, peace with ourselves, and peace with others.
And Paul found Shalom only by placing his hope in Christ.
Prayer: Lord help me examine my hopes and see how important it is to place all my hope in You.