Our Eternal Hope

  • Posted on: 4 February 2012
  • By: 1worship

Throughout my life as a Christian, the idea of hope has been somewhat elusive.  It is a concept that I never really wrapped my head around because I had never given it much thought.  One reason for this is the fact that hope has been adapted by culture to mean something different from the hope that is found in Scripture.  This post is here to share where my search for understanding has led me so far.

A couple portions of Scripture that I have been using as a guide are Hebrews 11:1 and 1 Peter 1:3-9.  Here we can see that hope requires confidence (Heb 11:1) and that it is directed towards our eternal inheritance (1 Pet 1:3-4).  The hope these New Testament authors speak about is nothing like the hope that I live with.  Often, the hope I show seems to be directed toward my own self-interest rather than towards the inheritance I have received through the blood of Christ.  Once again my perspective is completely off.  In a way, I defy the authority and sovereignty of God when I “hope” for a certain outcome or opportunity.

“If my son were healed, that would be so much better.”

“Lord, if You could just give me a job I would have less worry.”

Sometimes I am deceived into thinking that as long as I hope for something that's a “good cause”, then it's ok. But who am I to know what is “good” or “best”?  Repeatedly in Scripture, God uses difficult short term
situations to display His love, mercy, and glory.  Isaiah 55:9 says that God’s ways are so much higher than our own.
 
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, 
    so are my ways higher than your ways 
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

 

I find my own “thoughts” and my own “ways” during day to day life nudging out any room for hope in the authority of the eternal God. 

And why is it that my hope only seems to emerge in the midst of trials?  And even then, the “hope” that I have is just to make it through.  Yet the Bible says that our hope should be directed towards eternity and not the end of hardship!  Later, Peter says, “set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming” (1:13).  This hope should never change.  Jesus will be revealed when He returns.  We will be taken into His arms and receive an inheritance greater than gold.  I want to direct my hope towards that!  And in doing so, it won’t diminish or eliminate the trials that I face in life, but it will place emphasis on their purpose: God’s glory!

Come join us on March 10th and celebrate this great and living hope!

Chris

chris@1worship.org