Hope. It’s a word like none other. The gulf between hopeless and hope is nothing short of supernatural. Hopelessness would rule and reign if salvation had not been accomplished. But it was accomplished. Hope is supernaturally potent because of the sacrifice of Jesus. It’s so powerful that the circumstances that cause unbelievers to become hopeless are the same things that cause hope to be manifested in believers. Let the following truth rest in your believing soul…
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (2) Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (3) Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, (4) and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, (5) and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
These verses form a majestic mountain of supernatural joy, with faith at the base (v.1). Shaping the remainder of this mountain is peace (v.1), grace (v.2), rejoicing (vv. 2&3), endurance (v.4), character (v.4); and like a brilliant and bright star gloriously adorning the top of a Christmas tree, hope beams from the pinnacle. This mountain of joy is the life of a Christian.
Because Christ has made you spiritually alive, living hope is a reality. So, take heart; allow every circumstance, good or bad, to merely cause you to look to Jesus. The more you look to Jesus the more hope excels; the more hope excels the more God is glorified; and the more God is glorified the more the more we rest in hope.
Hope can see heaven through the thickest clouds