“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” (Romans 5:5).
Hope looks forward to the future. To have hope is to believe or know that something in the future will be good and secure. The western world suffers from a crisis of hope. They have none and therefore live in the meaningless routine of ‘eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die’. Lack of hope makes ‘no-hopers’.
At election time politicians build a case for how they alone can offer a substantial hope but in reality they have little to offer of any real or eternal value.
But the hope that comes to us from God through Jesus is firm and secure – an anchor for our souls. It is not based on vain promises and maybes. It is based on fact and truth. Jesus has died for all our sins, and then He was raised from the dead. All who believe in Him have an assurance of eternal life which is worth more than a thousand truck-loads of the pathetic promises this world offers.
As we believe, God pours His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit and we have a secure hope. A hope that flows from God Himself, a hope that the world both longs for and rejects.