The second grace that will remain until the end days, and that is meant to remain in our hearts even in the midst of difficulty, is hope. Psychologists agree that optimistic people handle stress better, navigate turmoil better, and overall live longer lives. But Biblical is so much more than that. Hope is more than mere optimism. It is an active expectation of God’s soon-coming goodness. As believers, we are meant to live with hope in our hearts, and confident expectations for the future.
Questions for Meditation
- If hope is an active logic against the negative, what is the opposing logic?
- How can you live more in the active logic against the negative? How can we participate in what we anticipate?
- Review the past few weeks of your life. Have you ever taken on a “woe is me” attitude and said, “story of my life,” instead of a hopeful attitude? How can you combat that in the weeks ahead?
- What disappointments have impacted your hope?
- What happens when we blame God for our hardship?
- In what ways does God want to change the way you see the future?