Learning to Hope

My friend Sean Higgins over at tohu va bohu has written a series of posts on hope. There's one titled Eight Cups of Water and is well worth the read. Here’s an excerpt:

"God put us here and God often makes life hard so that we will learn to hope. He desires that we hope in Him and, as we do, He often uses our hope to provoke questions from unbelievers. Peter said, 'In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you' (1 Peter 3:15). We may be diligent to prepare our apologetic answers but if we don’t have hope, why do we think they’ll ask us anything? They can read Evidence That Demands a Verdict for themselves. They can’t explain our hope when they see no evidence.

We will not grow in hope in heaven; when we get there we’ll see what we’ve hoped for. God has us here for now for His glory to be known, explained, and hoped in, for our own maturation and as a platform to watching eyes. Organizing gospel presentations requires less effort than being Christians who sanctify Christ as Lord in our hearts and who live with a hope that makes others ask why."