Today I was asked to think about Hope. So I did.
How do we use the word hope? How does the bible?
Here are some “hopes” that are really more like maybes, the answer is truly unknown but the possibilities are there.
“Man I hope we get to go to Six Flags four times this week,” I said to Tony 25 years ago.
“I hope I pass this test”, I would say to my Spanish teacher and do say to Ying my Thai teacher.
“I hope you like what I made for you.”
“I hope we have a long cool season here in Thailand this year.”
Here are some “hopes” that are really unlikely to happen.
“I hope they have a Outback in the new mall they are building here in Khon Kaen,” nobody says to nobody unless they are trying to be funny and make everyone mad.
“I hope tomorrow never comes,” says the one in love or the one who is on death row.
“I hope I never see you again,” says the mean one.
“I hope no one is in there,” Gabe and I say to each other as we check on a light left on in the pump house by the lake at Salem late one night. (this may fit better in the above grouping)
These are the hopes that are most likely to happen but still have an element of the unknown.
I hope Brian Regan is funny on his next comedy routine.
I hope Sherry’s Chicken Pot Pie is good tomorrow.
I hope my friends are doing well in the game Farmville or Mafia.
I hope that Ryan Marcum plays around with his blog template this week. (love you brother)
But what about the use of the word hope in the bible? Does our everyday use of “hope” confuse what God wants us to understand about hope?
Just like Inigo Montoya questioning Vizzini’s use of the word inconceivable in the movie The Prince’s Bride, we need to check ourselves with the use of the word hope.
From what I read and see, when the bible uses hope the meaning is full expectation or anticipation.
1 Thessalonians 1:2-5
We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, 3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.
The recipients of this letter were down and out because some of their church folks had died before Jesus returned. They were confused leaving them feeling hopeless and afraid of death. Paul needed to teach them about there security in Jesus and their final destination. They were feeling hopeless, Paul helped them to expect great things by understanding gospel benefits.
We hope for the day when we will see Jesus face to face, he is our hope. He is the reason we have hope. Our hopes are based off of his accomplishments and promises; this is an expectant anticipation, not a worrisome works based maybe it will maybe it won’t word. This hope is also founded, given, and promised in grace, it is a divine gift.
This is but a tiny thought on great topic. HOPE!
Still thinking on this. Any thoughts? I hope so.