“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us,” Romans 5:5.
In a world that has so many demands and set-backs for us as a people, where would we be without hope?
Life doesn’t always turn out how we might expect it to, and yet without an anchor of hope for something ahead for us, we would quickly fall into despair.
And yet we don’t hope for what we can always see ahead in the future for us.
Sometimes our hope resides in a certain situation or circumstance, and yet at other times, our hope is found in just the very concept and assurance that somehow things will work out.
Certainly our hope must be placed in God; otherwise then our hope would be placed in just a concept of what hope is.
We are told that faith, hope and love are the greatest attributes of all, and certainly this is true.
“But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love,” 1 Corinthians 13:13.
Our hope is tied in many ways with our faith. For our faith is anchored in the very person of Jesus even though we don’t see him, yet we believe.
Likewise, our hope is not yet seen, but it resides in the future tense believing in the person of Christ that His promises will unfold to us in our lives.
So both of these attributes then are formed in concepts not yet seen but believed.
Hebrews 11 tells us that:
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
And so yet again, we see that our faith and our hope is tied together in the assurance that having placed these two things in Him, will bring about what would be held for us.
We look out over the hills and the valleys into the distance, seeing their beauty and we consider the image of them as something that has yet been fulfilled in our lives.
Likewise, those things that we have believed and hoped for, reside over the hills and the valleys into the vistas beyond.
But soon, those hills and valleys will be seen even closer yet, and the distant fog will clear and we will see them in clarity.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?