God makes it so clear to us, because of who God is and what God has done, that we can have a sure hope in God’s intimate, ever-present and unfailing love for us! Because of who God is and what God has done, we can have a sure hope of eternal life with our loving Lord. We can have a sure hope that all God plans and promises will come about. And we can have a sure hope that we will not be disappointed as we place our full trust in our Holy God for every aspect of our lives, in every moment of our lives – now and for all eternity.
Our hope is never to look like or feel like or behave like a fragile and false superstition. Our hope is not to be based on any superstitious acts that somehow, supposedly, help to make our desired outcomes become a reality. There is no truth, there is no substance or assurance, and there is no sure hope in anything superstitious.
We don’t have to cross our fingers. We don’t have to knock on wood. We need only to put our full hope, our full trust, in what was fully accomplished through Jesus Christ on that wooden cross at Calvary!
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:5-8
…those who hope in me will not be disappointed. – Isaiah 49:23
Not only is our hope never to be based in anything superstitious, but our hope is not and can never be self-achieved or self-dependent in any way.
Our hope comes solely from God’s love for us. Not from our good works or most loving acts. Our hope comes solely from the unexpected, undeserved sacrifice of the life of Jesus Christ that brings us His beautiful and holy gifts of forgiveness, salvation, renewal, transformation and eternal life.
What a sweet freedom and amazing joy we have been given through the hope – the sure hope – that comes through our Lord Jesus Christ! We don’t ever have to worry or wonder about whether we did enough to earn God’s approval. We don’t ever have to doubt God’s love for us, from which we can never be separated. We don’t have to calculate our goodness against our badness – tenuously, fearfully hoping that somehow we made the cut for salvation and eternal life with our Lord.
We have a sure hope in Christ. We have a faithful God. We have been promised life and love for all eternity.
Are you putting aside your superstitions and self-dependencies to enjoy God’s sure hope – this sweet freedom and amazing joy that comes from our Lord? I sure hope so!