Living Hope

O Lord, you are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living. Psalm 142:5

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3

Black Eyed Susans | Martinshöhe, Germany | July 2018

When we left our family in Germany our daughter-in-law told her children that she had a surprise for them that afternoon. The surprise, albeit a delayed one, was that their dad would be arriving back home that day – a couple of days earlier than they had planned. They two young girls cried, again and again, “Tell me what is the surprise!” They desperately wanted to know. They would have to wait; she would not tell them.

I some manner or another such is the plight of we who hold faith in Jesus Christ. We want to know what the future will bring, but it is not ours to know. With one major exception: There will be a Great Last Day, and Jesus will return, and those who are his will be forever with him in eternal gladness, praise, and joy. The remainder of the details are strongly hinted at in the New Testament by parable and teaching, but those details are sketchy and many mysteries remain.

In the mean time, we live in eternal hope. In the mean time our living faith sustains us. In the mean time, even when we face death we can hold to a hope for life, victory, and salvation.

This is, for me, the on-going life-long challenge: keeping heaven in mind while living in the here and now. The hope we have for and on the Great Last Day is real and truly good beyond our wildest dreams. In the mean time we have a living hope for each day.

Whether facing uncertain financial challenges, dealing with family relationship difficulties, navigating complex work-related dynamics, or battling a potentially terminal disease, we have a living hope in God’s goodness, faithfulness, love, grace, salvation, and mercy. Jesus’ resurrection establishes that hope and holds it secure for us.

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