Today’s Reading: 1 John 2:18-3:6
Key Verse: And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:3
In that passage, John touches upon one of the great themes of the Bible—the subject of hope. The word hope occurs over 50 times in the New Testament. Our strength to live healthy, godly and productive lives depends greatly on possessing his hope in our hearts.
Without hope, there is no true reason to expend effort. A state of hopelessness is closely affiliated to a state of death. Hope is as essential to our souls as water or food is to our physical bodies.
A person who is overflowing with hope in God’s promises by the power of the Holy Spirit is likewise full of joy and peace. Those are the kinds of things that accompany hope. It’s amazing what a person full of hope can accomplish.
In the New Testament, the word translated as hope in God’s promises means confident expectation.
In our society hope often carries the weak idea of wishful thinking. We say, “I hope so” and often mean “I doubt so.”
When we read about hope in God’s promises in the New Testament, we are talking about a firm expectation. That kind of hope has a profound influence on the way we live. Peter put it like this, “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation” 2 Peter 1:3
Scott Hafemann writes: Hope in God’s promises, therefore, is not a wishful longing but a faith-filled confidence for the future. It is simply impossible to trust one of God’s promises and not anticipate its coming true. To know God is to trust Him. And to trust God is to trust His promises. And to trust God’s promises is to be sure of their fulfillment. This assurance concerning the future, anchored in God’s promises, is what the Bible calls “hope.”