Hope changes things. It changes our perspective. It changes our attitude. It is that thing that gives us fortitude to press on when outward circumstances say that we have nothing to fight for. Hope is a powerful reminder that propels us forward.
For the Christian, hope is far more than a wishful thinking. “Hope is called the anchor of the soul (Hebrews 6:19), because it gives stability to the Christian life. But hope is not simply a ‘wish’ (I wish that such-and-such would take place); rather, it is that which latches on to the certainty of the promises of the future that God has made.” (R.C. Sproul) Hope surpasses the world’s understanding, because our hope is based upon a certainty! Our hope is based upon what God Himself did through the person of Jesus Christ! Paul tells us that our hope is solidified and is “laid up in heaven for you”. (Col. 1:5) Our hope is based upon a guarantee that we are simply waiting to receive! The work has been done by Christ, it is finished and it assures that eternal life is waiting for you!
This is our hope! It is a hope that gives motivation and focus to how we live our everyday lives. “One result of our hope is a willingness to sacrifice the present on the altar of the future.” (John MacArthur) Hope enables us to do this because we are living for eternity rather than our temporal circumstances! Jonathan Edwards once prayed, “Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs.” He knew that if he could constantly see God’s glory and the hope waiting for him, he would continually pursue his Savior. So it is with us, If we can train ourselves to set our eyes on the treasure of knowing God and the hope that is waiting for us, we will be able to pursue more fervently our great God and Savior! So, realize that your hope is a hope based upon the security of what Christ has done, and ask God to “stamp eternity on your eyeballs” so that you will faithfully pursue Him!