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The Wonder Of Hope

"Blessed is the man who's hope is in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him" (Jer. 17:7).

"A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought, 'If only Casey could get a whack at that-----
We'd put up even money now, with Casey at the bat.' "

Ernest Lawrence Thayer 1888

I've heard hope defined as the expectation of promised good things. To the Christian, hope takes many forms. There is hope regarding things in our earthy lives, and the grand hope of eternal life with our God. The baseball fans of Mudville, a made up town in Thayer's poem "Casey at the Bat", were a discouraged lot. Their team trailed 4 to 2 in the last inning and it didn't look like their hero would get a chance to hit. The second line of my excerpt from the poem tells us a lot about hope...."Hope which springs eternal in the human breast."

Hope is one of the things that keeps us going. It is a desire of some good, with an expectation of getting it. More simply put...desire plus expectation of that we cannot see. When we look at hope in the proper light we see it as more than something on a "wish list." We ought to view it as a powerful confidence that we place in our Lord. It should spring eternal in the human breast. The people of Mudville had faith in Casey. Our hope is undeniably linked to our faith in our Savior. Peter wrote this; "Through Him you believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him, so that your faith and hope are in God" (1 Pet 1:21).

The apostle Paul writes about the hope of righteousness to the Galatians. "But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope" (5:5). Paul was writing here about our justification which is connected to righteousness. His great hope for himself and for us was that we would be "made right.".....not guilty of sin. This hope sustained Paul through all of his life. With all that he endured, and there is a great list of those things, his hope carried him through. The hope that made him consider all things but "rubbish" that he might gain Christ.(Phil. 3:8)...

I would like to write for the next few days about our Christian hope. There are several things that ought to be on our list. Unalike the folks in Mudville, our hope is one that is really faith based. The One that we hope to is all powerful...

Have a great beginning to your week...Make a difference... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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