Yesterday at church I led a discussion in my Sunday school class about hope. It is defined as the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. We can all agree that hope is one of those universal things that all people have. Sometimes we feel hopeless when things are dire and we can’t see something good happening for us.
Someone once said that hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier. We all feel that sense of doubt when we really want something to work out for us. Our life’s situations rely upon a great deal of hope. Whatever we are working for that requires us to put our whole self into relies on a sense of hope that it will be accepted and appreciated by those who we value the most.
In times of trials and tribulations we have to have hope. Sometimes in adversity it’s all you have. In the book of Psalms it says Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. No matter what your faith might be this can be assuring. We all feel helpless at times and we want to know that someone is looking out for us.
Martin Luther once said everything that is done in the world is done by hope. I think he is on to something there. People have a need to feel secure in the knowledge that things will work out for them, but in times when it doesn’t having assurance that there will be other days and other opportunities to get things right.
Hope can be like a rope, we all hang onto it in our lives. My friends may we all have hope that is ever present and very much alive.