Hope is a beautiful thing. Hope is a warm spring day after a long cold winter. Hope is laughter after the throws of mourning. Hope is determination when given horrific news. Hope is Jesus.
For one to live their life trying to attain intellect, acceptance, or power is one following hollow and deceptive philosophy which is not hope. “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” - Colossians 2:8. Only through a life with Jesus do we experience hope. (1 Peter 1:3)
There are shelves of books filled with human philosophy and tradition. Each one is hollow and deceptive. Only through Christ can we attain eternal life (John 3:16-17). In Colossians 2:8, Paul writes about the basic principles of this world. In other words; the ABC’s of life including the physical elements of the world, heavenly bodies, and elemental spiritual forces (ancient belief system). The saying goes, “Knowledge is power.” But what if knowledge becomes a god in itself? What happens when we rely on our own intellect or personal philosophies and base our life on them? Then we are without hope.
Sure, we can have temporary hope that comes and goes as new circumstances arise but what about eternal hope? I’m talking about the hope that comes from knowing that “in all things God works for good to those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”. (Romans 8:28) Or that hope that when tragedy hits, we can cast our care on Jesus because he cares for me. (1 Peter 5:7). How about the hope knowing that when it’s time to leave this earth, we know that to be absent from the body is to be alive with Christ. (2 Cor. 5:8)
We can have hope when we have a relationship with Jesus. Hope lives in us because Jesus lives in us. We must not rely on our human understanding but instead on the sovereignty of God.