There she was, laying there on the bed with her teenager friends gathered around her. Thousands upon thousands had been praying for her yet the disease had never been healed. The medical staff had done all they could do for her. Many were very upset, especially her parents.
Yet then the young girl, full of faith and love turned to her people in the room and told them all: "Why do you look as if you have no hope. In a few minutes I shall be healed and with the Savior. Take the love among us and go share with the world."
Her words inspired many of her friends to go forth for missions, for other work in the cause of the gospel, and to walk in a spirit of hope with great anticipation that the best is not past but still to come in the future.
I am amazed at the times that saints walk around in despair. One theologian wisely said: "Those who live in depression are often failing to see that God’s providence is at work in their life."
The word hope comes from the word elpizo. The ultimate meaning of this term means to have confidence for the future. This young lady I spoke of above had a solid, deep, unwavering hope that she spread and lavished upon her friends as she departed this world to go home to see the Savior face to face.
Yet the ole enemy hates for believers to walk in hope. He wants everyone to be gloomy, downcast, bitter, angry, biting at one another, nit-picking, fault-finding, and even in utter despair.
But, Romans 8:1 teaches us that there is "now no condemntation for those in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death" (Rom. 8:1-2). The ultimate freedom has been bought, applied, and revealed to us.
Sure, that is easy to see on the pages of Scripture. It is another thing to live in that spirit of hope, that spirit of anticipation for either Christ’s return or our death and reunion with him.
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