Victor Hugo wrote, “Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man.” Man, doesn’t that have the ring of deep religious philosophy to it. Not only does it sound deep, it has the ring of truth to it, because it is based upon the teachings we find in God’s word.
            Can’t you hear the words ring out in a deep vibrating baritone voice, “HOPE IS THE WORD WHICH GOD HAS WRITTEN ON THE BROW OF EVERY MAN!” It’s true isn’t it? I mean, which of us can go on for another day without some kind of hope? It is in the very nature; perhaps our genetic makeup given to us by the creator to “live in hope.”

            We hope for a better tomorrow, we hope for a better life, we hope for a raise at work, we hope for that special person to notice us, we hope for world peace and the end to all wars and killing. Hoping means that we think (maybe somewhere deep down inside of us) that these things will happen. That’s what gives us the motivation to go on day after day, even at times when things look less hopeful, we still have that small spark of belief on which to hang our hopes.
            The apostle Paul shares these wonderful words of hope with us in II Corinthians 4:8-10 for times when we feel beaten down. He says, “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. Through suffering, these bodies of ours constantly share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.”

            I know that sometimes life gets tough for us. It is sometimes very difficult to see how we can possibly go on, that we almost reach the end of our hope. But if our hope is in God, our hope will never disappoint us. – Author Unknown

Have a great week!

Michael