Hope that does not disappoint

When someone says ‘I hope so!’, it sounds encouraging but we could be disappointed.  How excited we should depend on first, what the original question was but even more on whom we asked.  If the question was about tomorrow’s weather we need to be cautious before making big plans.  But if we asked our favourite professional weather forecaster we would be on solid ground to prepare a good picnic for the beach.

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Kids are habitually hopeful from an early age.  Their hopes can be utterly unrealistic – a million dollars, a trip to Disneyland or full marks in a test for which they did no study.  Some of their hopes are directed to Santa Claus who always lets them down unless a family member steps in and rescues Santa’s reputation.  Many of their hopes are directed to a parent who sometimes fails also.  As a child, it was great to have a father I could always trust because he was wise enough only to promise what was best for me and when he had the resources to deliver on that promise.  Some parents just say  ‘yes’ to every child’s question just to get peace but those who really love their kids think carefully before promising.

The Father we can always trust is the one in heaven.  When He makes a promise to us we have grounds for a totally different kind of hope, hope with 100% certainty of fulfilment.  Paul described this as “Hope that does not disappoint.”(Rom.5:5)  It is a hope born out of His love for us. (I Cor.13:13)  His promises, the substance of our hope, are spelt out in the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. (Col.1:23)  His very first promises to us are that we will be forgiven, saved from judgement and guaranteed eternal life if we quit running our own lives and instead trust Him to do so entirely. (I Thess.5:18)

You want that kind of hope?  Then listen to every word He says and trust Him to carry out His plan, His way.  Now we can say “I hope so!” with unshatterable confidence.

Author: Tony Hanne

Photo Credit: Travis Silva

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