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hope springs eternal

Emily Pullen

“If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.” [1 Corinthians 15:19] A hard truth is that hope as the world offers it is ultimately futile. If you are anything like me and have assigned a significant amount of pride to maintaining a glass half-full disposition, you don't particularly enjoy when the glass is emptied. But so it is. I hope we win. [We lose.] I hope it’s not raining. [It’s pouring.] I hope they come around. [They don’t.] I hope the cancer doesn't come back. [It does.] So how/why does the Bible encourage us to, “rejoice in hope” assuring that it “does not put us to shame?”

Hope of this kind is different—it goes beyond positive thinking and replaces wishful expectations with the good news of the Gospel. Disappointment, [big, small and valid] will certainly still come, but we don't have to settle for a glass half-full—we can take ultimate heart. Jesus took on the cross and rose victorious over the grave so that our lasting joy would not have to be tethered to optimism, but to the fulfilled promise that hope really does spring eternal.