“Everything that is done in this world is done by hope -. Martin Luther
The Advent Season begins with lighting the Prophecy Candle representing Hope. Why have hope? It’s such an elusive and squishy idea in today’s world. More in the line of wishful thinking. In most cases. the words “I hope so” have a slightly desperate unsure “sigh” behind them.
Not exactly something to light a Christmas candle over! So, let’s reframe this watered-down concept of hope. Defined, hope is both a noun and a verb.
- a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. An aspiration, desire, wish, expectation, ambition, aim, goal, plan, design.
- a person or thing that may help or save someone. “their only hope is surgery”.
- grounds for believing that something good may happen, in other words, hopefulness, optimism, expectation, and expectancy.
- a feeling of trust.
- want something to happen or be the case. To expect, anticipate, look for, be hopeful of, pin one’s hopes on, want
- intend if possible to do something. To aim, intend, be looking, have the intention, have in mind, plan, aspire
A Stronger Truth To Have Hope In
While to hope is instinctive to mankind, true hope rests in something, rather, Someone, outside of us. Scripture puts hope in the company of Faith and Love. Then again it pairs Hope with Faith in Hebrews 11, and adds on Love as the activator in Galatians 5. 1 John states that God is Love, so hope hangs out in pretty neat company.
“Hope is a soldier. It fights against tribulations, the Cross, despondency, despair, and waits for better things to come in the midst of evil. Without hope, faith cannot endure. On the other hand, hope without faith is blind rashness and arrogance because it lacks knowledge. Before anything else, a Christian must have the insight of faith, so that the intellect may know its directions in the day of trouble and the heart may hope for better things. By faith, we begin, by hope we continue.”
At this time of year we remember it is on the words of the Prophets we hope – but hope in what? Hope for what? The Prophets foretold of a coming One. They had future hope. That hope was fulfilled 2000 years ago when the Christ Child was born. Jesus in His earthly life, fulfilled 353 prophetic words.
In our time, we celebrate not only the first coming of our Savior, but we look forward to His Second coming. The ultimate, final sorting out of all that was broken in the Garden of Eden. That is something to have Hope in!
What are your thoughts about Hope? Please comment below!