Hope in Jesus
When I think of the hope that Jesus provides us, I think of Romans 8:18-25. This is one of my favorite scriptures, especially at this point in my life. In these verses, Paul outlines for us in what we have hope.
We all have hope because of Jesus Christ, what he did for us on the cross, because of His resurrection, and because He is coming back again. There are good things about this life. Family, friends, spending time with those we love, the beauty of God’s creation, and much more. But, as we all know, there are many things in this life that cause us pain. Death, abandonment, disease, rejection. It is in these times, when we experience such hurt, that our hope comes to the forefront of our mind. We long for Heaven. We long for an end to the pain and the hurt.
I find great encouragement in these verses where Paul says, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18) What great hope that gives us! One day the present sufferings I am going through will seem like a distant memory. Or maybe not even a memory at all. What a day that will be!
Later in verses 24-25, Paul says, “For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” So there it is. Our hope is not seen. It is yet to come and we have to wait for it. Any gift worth having involves waiting. It involves patience. Paul is laying it out to us in this passage; we must be patient in our suffering. Our suffering will build our character and maturity. It will help us understand in some small way the pain that Jesus went through to save us. Our suffering will help us truly appreciate the Glory of God on that fine day when we finally see Him!
I know you are dealing with some really hard and painful things. I know that you want relief from it all. I know that you are exhausted and tired of trying to keep going. Be patient. Our hope is not seen, but it is sure.