Days to Pentecost 03 - My Living Hope on April 15, 2020
by Hannah Lee
Hope: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
Faith: complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” (1Peter 1:3)
The greatest gift God has given me through the resurrection of Jesus is to give a living hope.
I guess there is a dead hope because there is a living hope.
“When a wicked man dies, [his] expectation will perish, and the hope of strong men perishes.” (Proverbs 11:7)
The dead hope is those of the wicked. That hope is a broken hope.
“The hope of the righteous is gladness, but the expectation of the wicked perishes.” (Proverbs 10:28)
The living hope is the hope of the righteous. That hope is the hope that will eventually come true.
It is faith that believes as if I am actually seeing that hope come true.
“Now faith is the assurance of [things] hoped for,” (Hebrews 11:1)
So faith and hope move together to the end.
When faith falls, the light of hope goes out.
The resurrection of Jesus gave me this living hope. Hope always makes me dream of being happy and joy.
There is no life wishing for misfortune and death.
This living hope given to me is the joy of living with the Lord in an eternal kingdom.
That’s why this world worth living in.
And the end of my faith and my living hope is the # salvation God has prepared.
I think it is clear that God gave me a gift of living hope on earth to start eternal joy in advance through Jesus.
Maybe that’s why the Lord said, “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again- Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)