Hope that is not based on a solid foundation is just wishful thinking. I can hope that someone offers me a million dollars, tax free and with no strings attached. Fat chance of that happening. I can hope that I lose the additional 25 pounds my doctor says I need to lose. However, if I sit on my butt, don’t exercise, and consume large quantities of delicious and unhealthy foods, there is not much chance of that happening.
I can hope that I am going to get a big raise at work. I can do the best job I can, but there are other factors that play into whether I get a large salary increase. My manager has to agree that I have done a good job. He has to convince his manager that I have done a good job. The money has to be available, based on how well the company and/or department have done, and so on.
Biblical hope is not based on wishful thinking. It is not mustering up enough faith, or what the world thinks of as faith. It not trying to change my situation by thinking lots of positive thoughts, although there is nothing wrong with thinking positively. I may even try it sometime.
From the Word of God:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:3-5
God is the source of hope. In His great mercy, God has supplied this hope, through the work of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ death, as payment for our sin, provides the free offer of salvation to all who will receive. Through Christ, we are born again, given new life through the forgiveness of our sins and brought into His family as His sons and daughters. This is all accomplished by God, through Jesus Christ. He is our source of this hope.
God provides a solid foundation for hope. We are born into a living hope. It is a living hope because it is grounded in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. God, in Christ, demonstrated His power and victory over sin, hell, and the grave. We don’t have a hope that is based on wishful thinking, clinging to some fragile promise without substance. This hope is established on the very work of God in human history, raising Christ from the dead.
God’s hope is lasting and eternal. We are provided an inheritance that is imperishable. It cannot be destroyed or wiped out by any person or circumstance in this world or in heaven. It is solid and reliable. This inheritance is undefiled. It is unlike anything this world has to offer. It is not polluted by this fallen world. It rests in the perfection of our God. This inheritance is unfading. The gift of God is without end. It is there from the moment we are born again. It is there throughout our life and until we die. And when we die, it is still there, for all eternity.
God secures our hope Himself. This inheritance is kept in heaven by God Himself. This means that there is nothing on earth or in heaven that can separate us from Him or the hope that He provides to us. And we, as His children, are guarded by God’s power through faith for this salvation that will be revealed. God secures this Himself. It is grounded in His power and perfection. The very character of God Himself guarantees this for us. Now that is a foundation for true hope. A living hope.
Jesus Christ is our living hope. Through Him, we find a source of true hope, with a solid foundation, that is lasting and eternal, and is secured by God Himself. That is God’s version of hope. That is the kind of hope that we can rely on and through it, find true joy for living in Him.
Together for His glory…