18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Hope is something we all need. The Passion translation defines it this way:
But hope means that we must trust and wait for what is still unseen. For why would we need to hope for something we already have? So because our hope is set on what is yet to be seen, we patiently keep on waiting for its fulfillment.
God has promised to love us beyond imagining, to be with us always but this can be something we struggle to remember, to hope for, when we are in the midst of difficult times. Waiting is difficult – waiting for hard times to end, waiting for something longed for to come to pass. However, knowing who God is and what He has promised to each of us can lay that foundation of hope in our lives that is strong and able to withstand the winds that blow in our lives.
Believing that God is trustworthy and that He promises to be there with us always is what builds that base. As the passage notes, these ideas are not something we have proof of – they are things unseen and we need to find for ourselves what is it that God says or does in the Bible (or in the lives of those around us) that helps us to make that leap of faith – to build that foundation of hope.
LORD teach us how to hope, how to trust. Lead us to Your words that will help each of us grab a hold of the hope we can have in You. For each of us the words we need to focus on may be different, but You know us well and You know what will help each of us to build that firm foundation of hope in You in the midst of whatever is going on. We invite You to lead us to those words Lord. Thank You. Amen
Written by Therese Manning