Much like faith, hope requires something of us. Maybe something we might not want to give. Paul write about hope many times but here he makes it clear that we have our hope in the king of kings. That our hope does not fall on death ears but to the one that will hear us and be there. When I think of hope and how that plays out in my life I usually think of my children. Mostly, because as a parent I have lots of hopes and dreams for them. I hope they know God, I hope they grow to be great men and women. I hope they come and see me when they are no longer in my home, I hope they listen to their mother and don't destroy our home.
But what is my hope in without Christ? All the hopes I have would be on the shoulders of my wife and I, and being a parent is not easy so how can I have any assurances that we will be successful? The only way I know how is to place all my Hope in the future of my kids in Jesus and trust him, not because I'm not capable or have no idea how to raise kids, but because I trust in Gods plan far more than my own. I think I have good plans, most parents do, and we all want/Hope for the best for our children.
God has a plan too. And I would rather his plan be the one my kids follow. See, I'm a steward of what God has given me, and his given my wife and I 5 amazing children to look after. But my hope is not in my own skills, abilities, or wisdom. My hope for their future is in Jesus and as Paul writes that hope will not fall to the waste side.
You know what's the best part of placing my hope is Jesus? He never fails you, he's not like humans who are flawed and full of selfish desires. He wants the best for us and that's not always what we think is best. Many times it's the very opposite, but if we trust that he is a Great Father then our hope in he is the best we can hope for.
Every year my kids hope the presents under the tree are exacting what they put on their Christmas list, and every year they are disappoint in at least one gift and sometimes more. For any reason, it wasn't the right color or the exact toy they wanted, as hard as my wife and I try we will miss the mark. They still have a great Christmas and usually everyones happy but my point is, even when we try our best we still mess things up. God doesn't, and that is what I want to put my hope in and I encourage you to do the same.
Prayer: Father you are an amazing God. Your son is the gift that keeps on giving. Today, I put all my hope in you. I trust that you will be there for me in time of need, that your love will guide me through all of life's up's and down. Thank you for being the God that we can hope in and know we will not be let down. Amen.