Hope is different from wishful thinking. Hope is expectation based upon reasonable experience and knowledge. Wishful thinking is a dream without reasonable expectation. People who have experienced salvation have hope, In fact, hope is never centered in our imagination, but in our experience and in God’s proven faithfulness to fulfill his promises. It has always been known as one of the big three Christian virtues. 1 Corinthians 13 says, “These three remain: faith, hope and love. But, the greatest of these is love.” Love is the core of our character if we are living in the Lord since God is love. Faith is the way to salvation - believing in God and following him. Hope is the picture God gives us of his control and our future that defies current realities.
Hope is what allows us to undergo the most difficult trial and possess joy that people generally only have when things are going well. In fact, hope is not realized until we undergo difficulties and realize that God is faithful all the way along. If we don’t have hope, we should wonder why.
When you undergo difficulties are you eager to see how God will work or do you hit the panic button quickly?
What promises of God can you always hold onto?
How does the knowledge of heaven impact hope?