‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ Romans 15.13
One description of hope is the ability to see your situation from a different perspective. If you can catch the wonderful truth that God is a God of hope, you are also likely to be able to catch a vision of him looking out at your life and the things you are going through, and seeing them in quite a different way from how you do.
It is, of course, very misleading to think of God as being above us and looking down, but this analogy serves to remind us that when God looks at our lives, he is not bound by the vision we have of them. He sees them through the perspective of what has been changed by the death of Jesus on the cross and his rising to new life. He also sees our lives shining with a clear presence of the Holy Spirit within us, and all the potential for change that such a living presence brings.
Our hope is to catch his hope, and to let the truths that are so evident to God touch us and deepen within us so that we can begin to see our lives through different eyes.
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