Hope, simply defined is: "A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen and having a positive attitude toward the future."
In the Bible, hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness.
There are always those that are hoping for greener pastures. Many go through life just hoping that whatever comes tomorrow will be better than today.
Psychologist William Marston asked three thousand people, “What have you to live for?” He was shocked to discover that 94% were simply enduring the present while they waited for the future – waited for something to happen – waited for “next year” – waited for a “better time” – waited “for tomorrow”, unable to see that all anyone ever has is today, because yesterday is gone and tomorrow exists only in hope.
Some people fail to realize how discouragement, dryness and frustration are related to a false sense of hope. You don’t have to be a very astute observer to notice that we live in a world that struggles against hopelessness. When you talk to people, it doesn’t take long for the conversation to turn to discouragement. There are so many people who are cynical about life and feel like the world is going down the drain. There are ongoing crises nationally and internationally. Life is filled with trouble whether it’s from sickness and pain or from losing loved ones.
Bertrand Russell was an outspoken atheist philosopher who wrote a book called, “Why I Am Not A Christian”.
When he was 81 years old, he was interviewed on a BBC radio talk show. The interviewer asked him what he had to hang onto when death was obviously so close. He responded, “I have nothing to hang onto but grim, unyielding despair”.
If we live only for this life, then we will live and die in despair. Having more “stuff” is not the answer. We have so much “stuff” until our attics, basements, closets, storage buildings and garages are full. We have to have yard sales, attic sales, and garage sales to sell our "stuff" just so we can make room for more stuff.
Scott Dudley said, “Never in history have so many had so much for so long and been so depressed about it.”
Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Person asked a young accountant who was fresh out of school, "What starting salary were you thinking about?" The Accountant said, "In the neighborhood of $100,000 a year, depending on the benefits package." The interviewer said, "Well, what would you say to a package that includes":
- 5 Weeks Vacation
- Full Medical and Dental
- Company Retirement Fund to 50% of Salary
- Executive Share Option Scheme
- Profit Related Pay
- Company Car leased every 2 years - a 5 series BMW
The Accountant sat up straight and said, "Wow! Are you kidding?" The interviewer replied, "Yes, but you started it."
What are you placing your hope in? Does your hope give you excitement to do all you can for Christ? Does hope cause you to live for Him each day in anticipation of His working and blessing?
Easter is filled with hope! Because our Lord lives, we can face tomorrow with all its uncertainty. We have a hope that is steadfast and sure!