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The Weight of the World

The word “hope” is thrown around in a careless fashion. People look wearily to the sky and sigh, “I hope it isn’t going to rain.” Students take deep breaths as they stare down an exam and mumble, “I hope I studied enough.” We sit in stadium seats saying, “I hope our team wins today.” The word “hope” seems to bear little weight.

Peering into the Bible, we see a different connotation of the word “hope.” In many of these verses, the original Greek is “elpizo.” Elpizo means to wait (for salvation) with joy and full confidence. Remember the childhood excitement that came around Christmas? The expectation of that wished-for gift was almost too much to bear. It often drove us to the point of a sleepless night on Christmas Eve. Joy was present there, and full confidence, too. Recall the feeling you get when you’re waiting on something that you are sure will arrive. You’re expectant, believing, optimistic. You’re filled with joy and confidence. This feeling is much more than wishing for good weather. It’s this same type of hope, this fervent and excited hope, that we should strive to have in Christ.

Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Psalm 146:5 says, “Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God.” Let us not forget that good things take time. Patience is the key to hope. Romans 8:25 says, “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” True hope means never giving up, never losing sight of the prize.

What are you hoping for?

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