When is the last time you heard a sermon on the need to DO hope and how to DO hope. You see, Faith Hope and Charity, would be better understood by “verbing” them: faithing, hoping , and charitying.
Hope is something we are to do not just feel good that things will be better in the future.
Karl Marx said that religious hope drugs the peoples minds. He did not understand. Hope is not an “iffy” possibility but a “sure fact” that we see now with our spirits’ eye and then we will see face to face.
Hoping will lead to greater obedience to the Lord and to more faithing. Faithing will give solidity to our hoping, which will lead to more faithing to more hoping to more faithing etc. etc.
Faith,of course, is the type of belief that FORCES us to act according to what we say we believe.
If you told me that you believed that the distance to the nearest star past Sol is 27 trillion miles,(it is) but then did absolutely nothing differently as a result; I would still assume that you do, in fact, believe that. That type of belief does not call forse any response. But, if you said that you believe that there is a bomb in this room set to go off in 5 min. and just stood there smiling, then I would assume that you are either suicidal or hopeless or don’t actually believe what you said. You might do something foolish such as climbing under the table, but you have to DO SOMETHING to convince me that you believe it.
Hope is the reason that we act in faith.
HOPE = picturing the results of a certain action. results that will be because God promised it and it is impossible that he could lie.
This picture lends motivation and stick-to-it-iveness to my actions. An example of hoping is when an Avon salesperson puts a picture of a pink Cadillac on their dashboard and their bathroom mirror and the kitchen fridge in order to motivate them to sell lots of product so that they may earn the Cadillac. Although, why they would want to drive a pink Cadillac is beyond me. This is an “iffy” possibility. Faith, on the other hand, is a knowledge of the solid ‘will-be’s’
So, what am I to picture and, so to speak – put on my dashboard to motivate me to faithing more?
Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
The hope of the righteous shall be gladness
For in thee, O Lord, do I hope: thou WILT hear, O Lord my God.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.
But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
The eyes of my understanding being enlightened; that I may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance,
According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in me, the hope of glory:
For what is my hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and my Saviour Jesus Christ;
That being justified by his grace, I should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.