Biblical hope involves expectant waiting based on God’s unchanging character and promises. Biblical hope is superior to optimism because it endures even in the most difficult of circumstances. It involves looking back at God’s past faithfulness to motivate hope for the future. You look forward by looking backward, trusting in who God is, what he has done, and what he promises.
After quoting Isaiah 11:10 about the Root of Jesse rising up as a banner for all nations, the apostle Paul writes, ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ - Romans 15:13
Because God is the only lasting source of hope, he will also bring joy and peace to our hearts when we increasingly place our hope in him. By the power of the Spirit, we can then overflow with hope as we choose to cultivate this habit of expectant trust based on God’s character and faithfulness.
In Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, we have a ‘living hope’ allowing us to live as new people because the empty tomb opens up a new door of hope. Christian hope is boldly waiting for God to bring about his future based on his character and promises, looking to the crucified and risen Jesus and anticipating his return and renewal of all things.
As we approach Christmas, what are you hoping for and what is the basis for your hope?
All Souls Sandringham