One of my favorite scriptures about Hope is Hebrews 13:5-6, which reads for He has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you”, so we can boldly say, “the Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me.” Imagine. God says He will never leave me or forsake me. God has declared He will never leave me or forsake me. And because of that, I can say, I can declare, I can shout from the rooftops, that the Lord is there for me and I will not, under any circumstances, be afraid. For anyone in need of a little hope, this scripture goes a long way toward reminding us that there is hope in front of us, things will get better, that light at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming train.
Hope is a Strange Virtue
Where does it come from? Is it a feeling? Is it a chemical reaction? Can we scientifically explain it? Scripture tells us that we should always be prepared to give an answer as to where our hope comes from (1 Peter 3:15). In fact, the word “hope” appears 126 times in the Bible (NAB). Funny thing about that – I would have thought it would have appeared much more often. After all, the word “sin” appears 470 times. Does that mean there is
more sin than hope? In all seriousness, I hope not. Looking again at where our hope comes from, I don’t think so. It doesn’t matter how much sin or evil or trouble or difficult times we come across. Christian Hope will always triumph over sin.
The Catechism shares that Hope is the confident expectation of divine blessing (CCC 2090). The Catechism also says that Hope “affords us joy even under trial” (CCC 1820).
This one I believe. Life can be hard. Life can be downright miserable. Sometimes life can seem unbearable. But then, through some mystery, through some miracle, Hope shines through the mire, through our sinful humanity, and touches us when we are at our lowest. Anyone who has ever experienced a moment of Hope, if they are honest with themselves,
would agree that Hope in these darkest moments has no logical source, no rational explanation. It is there, I believe, that we find God.
I Didn’t Know God Was Lost
How much easier it would be to never lose God in the first place, right? He does say he will never leave us or forsake us. So if we experience hopelessness, we experience despair, could it be that we have let ourselves forget about God? Or allowed ourselves to lean on our human families and friends heavier than we lean on our Heavenly Father? I have decided that I don’t want to find God. I want to be so glued to Him that the devil sees me
coming and runs because he knows if I’m there, The Big Guy is there too!
And I can boldly say, with confidence, that my Hope springs eternal.