Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all… As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength.
When we see no hope, that is when hope makes itself the most known. For me, it is in the times of the most despair that I have found hope where there was none. How is this possible? How can there be hope when there is no hope?
There is a verse in the Bible that talks about this kind of hope. Romans 8: 24-25 says, “But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for patiently.”
In our culture hope and waiting have the reputation of being the idle habits of the dreamer. Biblically however, hoping is an active, confident anticipation of something that is not yet, but that will be. It is not about sitting around twiddling one’s thumbs. It’s about a certainty that what we do not have, we will one day obtain. This will take hope, an active waiting, movement in the direction of our dreams. But how can we do this? How can we have hope when it is impossible to envision the very thing we hope for? How can we hope for something to change in our lives when we often find ourselves not able to imagine ourselves as any different than we are now?
In Ephesians 3 we are told that God ” is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” So even if we cannot imagine it, we can hope for it knowing that God can do MORE than we can ask or imagine. True hope is understanding that the impossible becomes possible through God’s power. The strength we find through this hope builds more hope, more strength as we actively pursue that which is unseen. Practicing this hope is what propels us forward in life, what moves us closer toward our goals…at once so far away, now visible on the horizon of our future.
So start with the smallest hope, or no hope and know that even THAT is enough for God to take and use to heal you and make you whole.