that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. – Ephesians 1.17-21
Here we have that wonderful world ‘hope’ again. We read it a lot and I think the reason is obvious. If we only looked at the mess this world and the mess that it is in we would not have much reason to have any hope for the long term future. Things do look hopeless. I recently was speaking to someone whose life seemed to be in a particularly hopeless situation.
Everyone needs hope. If there is no hope we might as well give up. But we have hope – not the kind of halfhearted hope like ‘I hope it doesn’t rain’ - but deep settled hope that gives us full assurance and carries us through our day to day struggles. It is the hope of heavens glories that fills our souls. It is this hope that carries us through our most difficult days and our darkest hours. It is hope not only in our security in heaven, but of His presence in the here and now. In a world with no hope we have hope in who we are because of Who Jesus is and because of what He has done.
Don’t face today without hope. No matter how dark it seems as a believer Christ is there with you. You don’t have to go though it alone.
Hope in Him.