Where is Our Hope?
We are all familiar with 1 Corinthians 13:13 “faith, hope, and love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is love”.
Within these three things, love will always be the greatest, and I believe faith will always be the hardest. So where does that leave hope? We certainly use the word on a constant basis. ‘I hope they bring our food next’ or ‘I hope you don’t think you’re going to get away with that’. But what does that really mean? What are we doing when we use it in that way? Let’s really look at how hope affects us.
The world we are living in is certainly dark. There are so many conflicts, domestic and foreign. There are so many sad stories, children being killed, people being abused, and it’s all so difficult to comprehend. Seeing these types of stories over and over leaves us feeling hurt, depressed, and as if there is nothing to do but wait for the Lord to come. BUT then, we see stories that give us HOPE for our human race. A neighborhood comes together to help a pregnant mom who has cancer. A policeman making sure that children have enough to eat by helping their grandmother purchase food. Children always making sure that other children, who may be ostracized by others, are included in activities. These things make us see that the world has not gone completely corrupt. There are still positives, there is still love. We may be living in the end times, when everyone around us is turning toward the negatives of this world, but we must continue to look to the fact that there are many who continue to believe in Jesus, and we must make sure not to lose our hope in his second coming. The hope that we continue to have is what helps keep the world around us a positive place. Keep yourself positive. Keep yourself hopeful.