Friday, April 6, 2007

Hope

“Hope” has got to be one of the limpest words in the English language. People slip it out to describe the weakest possibilities: “Think VISA will just forget about this $25,000 credit card bill? Well, I hope so.” In everyday talk, hope is about as weak as a pot of one-cube bouillon soup.

But in biblical terms, hope has power. It’s country ham with red-eye gravy and biscuits. It’s an anchor to the soul. Hope is affirming that the lies and injustice of this world are not all that’ll ever be. Christians hope in a Savior who died and rose again to bring us into the very presence of God. Hope is knowing that however bad things may look to our eyes, God sees what’s really going on. He has things under control, and us in his arms.

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley

2 comments:

Rob Manktelow said...

I was on a short term missions trip in March with some of the yoouth from my church. Hope was one of the words you heard most often from those who came out of some rough lifestyles when describing Christ.
Good thoughts in the post.

Milton Stanley said...

Thanks for your kind words and for sharing your own experiences.