My wife and I have worked as mentors for marriages since 2001. The goal for the initial meeting that we have with a struggling, conflicted, devitalized marriage is to give them “hope” that they can make it. Their family of origin and what they see around them with other marriages fills them with feelings of despair with little hope. It is easy to see in our wonderful country that folks are rapidly losing hope. Observing news from our news outlets becomes difficult and discouraging because we see little hope.
According to Webster, to hope is “to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment; to expect with confidence; to trust.” Do we expect with confidence today? To many of us, who and what can we trust?
In Biblical times, there was little hope also. Because of this, it becomes clear why Paul the Apostle makes the following statement in 1 Corinthians 13:13, So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. Paul places “hope” at the top level to be considered along with faith and love with love being the greatest. We as believers in Jesus Christ make “faith” and “love” a priority in our lives. But a question needs to be asked. How come we don’t talk about and prioritize “hope.” Of all times to maximize hope, it is today. The darker it gets, the more potent, significant and influential the word “hope” becomes.
Paul knew this. That is the reason that he penned the following verses: Romans 5 4 We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. We as believers in Jesus have the hope this dark world is searching for. The time is now for us to rejoice in and to introduce others to our glorious hope in God’s love.