Friday, June 09, 2006

Our Hope

The Swiss theologian Emil Brunner once said, “What oxygen is for the lungs, such is hope for the meaning of life.”

You can live several weeks without food. You can live a few days without water. But you cannot live life without hope.

No wonder, then, that the word “hope” occurs well over 100 times in the Bible. Hope is essential to real living.

As vital as hope is, by its very nature, it must have a basis. We cannot build on hope itself. Instead, genuine hope needs someone or something else to provide a foundation. If it doesn’t have something on which to stand, hope soon evaporates into wishful thinking.

According to the Bible, Christian hope does not speak of mere desire, but of real expectation.  Christians are not merely hopeful people in a general sense. Instead, they hope for--anticipate and expect--certain things.

But what exactly are those things? For what do Christians hope? I want to talk about that next week.


Steve Duer said...

Great thoughts on hope. Where I work, the mission statement says "providing hope & healing for youth and families dealing with life's daily stuggles". Yet at times we deal with youth and families who have lost all hope. And we don't know what to do because we have no foundation.

Dee O'Neil Andrews said...

I look forward to your posts on hope, Frank.

Paul said, to paraphrase probably several different translations and version of the Bible here, now there abide these three things - faith, hope and love.

We talk very much about love and nearly as much about faith, but don't you think we often set aside and ignore hope? What exactly hope is and what it means for us in our lives here on earth, as Steve describes in trying to work with families who have lost all hope.