”For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:24-25
If you’ve seen the movie “Dark Knight Rises” you’ll probably remember the painful scenes where our beloved Batman ends up in the prison and Bane’s ridiculous voice saying, “There can be no true despair without hope.” And you’ll probably also remember Batman seeing the light in the sky. He dares to hope, dares to risk, beats Bane up, and proves to Gotham that hope trumps despair.
I once heard that man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only one second without HOPE.
Hope requires risk.
From childhood we experience heartache, have promises broken, dreams dashed and hopes lost. For so many of us, we’ve promised ourselves not to hope again. Good things become reduced to fairytales.
You’ve probably heard the phrase, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” But Jesus says otherwise. Jesus hoped in us – so much so that even after we’d spat in His face, He would march up a hill with blood sweating into His eyes, a cross digging into His spine with the hope that we’d dare to believe that God really does love us, that there is hope for us, that we have something to live for.
My wife says to me, “If it’s too good to be true, it’s probably GRACE.” I reckon she’s one of those precious gems with a child-like faith that dares to believe that God is good and that there’s always a silver lining. Despite every blow life has dealt to our ability to hope, Jesus calls us to a child-like faith like this.
Most of the world prefers to live in that prison ignoring the light in the sky. Most of the world prefers to ignore a chance of something beyond. But what if we dared to believe in the unseen? Wouldn’t it be worth it to jump than to have never jumped at all?
Maybe that’s what HOPE is.
Loving Father, I pray that you would heal all the broken promises, all the dashed dreams, and all the lost hopes deep within my heart. Would you give me the strength to believe again? Give me a child-like faith. Amen.
Question: Where do you need child-like faith in your life?