Hope in the Extreme

One of the things that you have to keep in mind when you begin to live your life in hope is that people will think you have your head in the sand. When you express your hope they will say “Yes we have to hope” but you can tell by the look on their face that in their mind they are thinking, “Don’t you know your wife is going to die?” Of course that is a possibility but does that mean we can’t still live in hope?

Somehow we have gotten the idea that to live in “reality” means to look at only what we can literally see. That’s what modern science has done to us. It has taken away hope. The truth is, most of reality is beyond what we actually see in this world. As we have seen before hope is in things that are beyond our present and visible realities.

David said even of his death, “My flesh also will rest in hope.” (Psalm 16:9) That’s extreme hope. Even if my wife does die we still have reason to continue hoping. Is our head in the sand? The apostle Paul said “I have hope in God . . . that there will be a resurrection of the dead.” (Acts 24:15)

I would ask those who think that my wife is going to die, how do they know that? They don’t. Our “scientific” culture has merely taught us to look at things that way. I don’t know if my wife will live or die but at least we live in hope knowing that life will ultimately win. We are “prisoners of hope” (Zechariah 9:12) We can’t do anything but hope.

The Bible speaks of Abraham “who contrary to hope, in hope believed” (Romans 4:18) When to some all hope seems to be gone, we still hope

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