24 Now in this hope we were saved, but hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? 25 Now if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.
Have you ever been on a road trip with little ones? If so, I am sure you clearly remember the 100 times they asked the question, “Are we there yet?” As a Christ follower, at times I feel the same way as these little ones. Are we there yet, Lord? When will we get to live with You for eternity? When will we experience the redemption of our bodies? When will You redeem all creation? When will You end all pain and suffering?
Today’s passage is about hope. The word “hope” is often used to convey wishful thinking. Something like—”I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I hope it’s good.” The Christian hope that the Bible talks about is far from that. Christian hope is the complete confidence that something good will happen because God has promised it will happen. We put our trust in that promise.
Faith and hope are closely related. Hope is faith in the future tense. Hope gives us patience to endure to the end despite our circumstances. The promised glory and the redemption of our bodies is not yet a present reality. We must WAIT for it. Waiting is hard. We get sick, tired and discouraged, and we often groan.
But as we wait, we can remind ourselves that the suffering of this present time is not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed to the children of God. We can celebrate what God has already done in the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. That is the foundation of our hope. And if God has already done what our eyes can’t see, what our ears can’t hear, and what our hearts can’t imagine—then we can hope that He will do amazing things in the future as well.
So we must gaze upon Jesus, hold fast to His promises, and press on in hope and joyful patience as we wait for our future glory.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- What are you waiting for?
- Where are you placing your hope?
- What promises of God can you cling to as you wait?
Pray for the Disaster Relief ministry of Brentwood Baptist Church. This team mobilizes for relief and recovery in the immediate wake of damaging storms, and has served multiple places in Nashville across Tennessee, and in hurricane recovery in Houston and Dominica. Pray for volunteers and for the people our teams will serve.