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True Hope
by Shiju Vincent
02/13/14
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“For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” (Rom. 8:24, 25)

The value of things in this world is exiguous. Education, friendship, salary, entertainment, honour – all that we get in this perishing and perilous world epitomize the nature in man i.e. his greed to get more of these. ‘Self-seeking’ is the epithet of many individuals who do not seem meticulous in their approach to eternity and spirituality. Selfishness has carved the senses of man to make him think only of himself so that his hope is in his self-qualities which he thinks can help him.

But this does not mean that we do not need to take care of ourselves. There is a noticeable clash among believers that whether we need to take care of anything in life when God is in control. As a little child clasps his father’s finger while crossing a road, we need to put our complete trust in God without anxiety and doubt. But then, we need to do our part of obeying the voice of God.

An emotive approach to Christ’s promise of eternal life helps us draw closer to God and seek His blessings in this destructive and deplorable world. When we submit our needs unto Him with prayer and thanksgiving and do His will here on earth, God’s provision will be made available for all our earthly needs as well. Divergent opinions on the meaning of life have caused man to be tensed. But we know from the Bible that life is meaningful only when we have hope that we will one day be with Jesus.

Extenuating our sin of disbelief in eternity and of our focus on worldly things deprives us of an exuberant companionship with God. Even a man who is an extrovert can feel uneasiness when asked to be realistic before others in matters of eternity. Looking on refulgent realities of this world and not seeing our eternity is the reason why we are not confident to speak of our hope before others.

We must wait with patience for our Christ’s second coming. It is God who takes care of all we need whether earthly or spiritual. A true believer knows that Christ can come anytime. So he hopes for what is not seen, with patience. He lives the true life by hoping for the unseen and living this earthly life with faith in God and being faithful to God by being honest and careful in whatever he does. His hope is in God who takes care of him and also strengthens him to do His will.


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