The big three in the Christian life are faith, hope, and love. The Bible says that these attributes will last forever.
I’ve always kind of understood faith and love – at least intellectually, if not experientially – but hope has somewhat eluded me. Being a bit of a realist (certainly not an idealist), I’m typically not on the same page with those who always claim the silver lining inside every dark cloud. Now I find myself musing about something slightly troubling.
The Bible says that “faith is the substance of things hoped for.” Does that mean that if I do not have hope, I cannot have faith? Do I have to be hoping for something before I can have faith that it will come to pass?
Maybe I need to start thinking more about hope.