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Human Hope vs. Real Hope

 Quite often people define hope as a wish for something good to happen. It’s a longing for something to come true. We hope our kids get good grades, we hope our team wins, or we hope that our car can last one more year. Hope is a desire that our lives will get better.

There’s nothing wrong with a positive outlook, but there is something wrong with optimism that is from the world’s viewpoint. It’s not true hope; it’s based on what people can achieve or what a certain set of conditions produce. It’s based on people or institutions, and they don’t last. That’s human hope.

Real hope is deeply rooted in God and a heavenly perspective. We can have hope in Him because He’s unshakable, unchangeable, and eternal. The apostle John shared what Jesus said about this in John 10:27–30:

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.

Hope that is rooted in Him cannot be taken from us. We’re secure in His hand and we can enjoy a home with Him in heaven forever. This is our godly hope. This is real hope.

As we develop a heart for heaven, we come to realize that this is our real hope. When heaven is the source of our hope, that hope will encourage, steady, and direct us as we live here. It must be something that is always before us. E. M. Bounds wrote, “The heaven of fact exists all glorious and enduring, but this fact of heaven must enter our experience, and then of this experience hope is born.”[1] He’s saying that as heaven becomes our focus and perspective, real hope is born. The more we gaze at heaven, the more hope we will have.

Would you like to go deeper into heaven’s hope than the world’s hope? You can by simply gazing long and hard at heaven. Put on your spiritual glasses; set aside the things of this world and seek after heaven.

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[1] E. M. Bounds, Heaven: A City, A Home (London: Oliphants, Ltd. and Fleming H. Revell Company, 1921), 145.

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