The reason why I hope for such delicious treats? Because they are not often within my grasp!
Reference: v.24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? (TNIV Bible)
Explore: I have daily food cravings. In the mornings I crave hot buttery toast with honey; at lunchtime I crave a freshly made salad sandwich; and in the afternoon I crave biscuits and chocolate! The reason why I hope for such delicious treats? Because they are not often within my grasp! If I had a professional chef at my beck and call, then I wouldn’t crave for them, I’d just ask. But the reason I delight in thinking of such wonderful goodies, is that I live in hope for such taste-sensations.
Application: We all have hopes throughout the day and throughout our lives. We hope for nicer weather, a good car park, more money, an ultimate holiday… I’m sure you could write a list as long as your arm for all the things you don’t have, but would like. It seems to be in our nature to look for something better. So, too, is it in our spiritual nature to hope for something more. Our relationship with God can keep getting better and better and our souls can yearn for that connection. We will never arrive at the perfect relationship with God – as we are not perfect – but we can continue to hope for what we do not have, and rejoice as we get to know God more and more.
Prayer: Lord, may You be what we hope for. May we realize that putting our hope in earthly things will only lead to disappointment. Our hope is in You, Lord. Amen.
What do you hope for?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.