Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
Romans 15:13 (NLT)
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
I remember when I was a senior in high school and got the opportunity to meet with representatives from colleges I was interested in attending. One man in particular told me something that has stayed with me all these years. He said, “I just don’t know how those who do not know the Lord do it. It is hard enough to make it through each day with the Lord. How do they do it?” There is a lot of truth in what he said to me that day. The real concept behind what he said was that there is something the Christian life offers us that cannot be duplicated, and that is hope. Now when most people talk about hope they do so with an attitude of wishful thinking. They say things like “well I hope so.” However, for followers of Christ, hope has an assurance to it, a sense of certainty. One writer defined hope as “the joyful, faith-filled anticipation of the glorious future God has promised to his people” (Mohrlang, 221). The one thing that Christ offers us that no one else can is this hope based not on wishful thinking, but on a guarantee. Notice that Paul refers to it as a “confident hope.” It is because of this hope that we have a different worldview, a different way of thinking, and a different outlook on life. Thank you God for hope!