January 04, 2006

Hope

"Hope is wanting something so eagerly that--in spite of all the evidence that you're not going to get it--you go right on wanting it."
- Norman Vincent Peale


What a beautiful quote! How often and easily do we lose all hope? Watch a child who wants a snazzy new toy. She hopes beyond all hope for it. She talks incessantly about it. She will drive her parents crazy hoping for it.

Where does that hope go? How do we, as adults, lose that hope?

Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Aha! Faith is the heart and soul, the very essence of hope. When our faith begins to dwindle, we lose hope!

Faith is the assurance, of the things we hope for. It's the invisible deed to the things we hope for. Faith is the proof of the things we can't see. Faith gives us conviction, or strong belief, of the reality of those things we hope for, but cannot see. Faith causes our senses to become aware of those things that we don't see, and believe them, as though they were.

Without faith, we can't hope.

With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. (Mark 10:27)