I do not believe in unicorns.
I do believe that there is more to this life than simply living.
There is more meaning to be had than simply enjoying the comforts of familiarity and family.
There is more.
And this more-ness is contained in a single word: hope.
It is a hope of substance, not theory. It is a hope of inexorable reality, not wispy ethereality. It is the hope of a sure word, unchangeable in nature, unbreakable in promise, eternal in longevity, limitless in strength to accomplish the proposed purposes.
This hope is not the many-headed hydra. This hope is not confined to the mythical Mount Olympus. It is no flying horse, and it is not some silly imagined romance with sparkly-faced vampires.
It is a hope, not of thought or intention, but of flesh and blood – tangible and true. We might sooner doubt the pebble beneath our feet, or the rain on our faces, than doubt the fulfillment of this hope. Only if the universe should cease to exist could we doubt this hope. Only if the eternal pillars upholding the existence of all things are shattered and brought to ruin – only then might we have cause to falter in our expectation.
“Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, He confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become high priest forever…” (Hebrews 6:17-20)
“…And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” (Romans 5:2-4)
God cannot lie, and He has set forth Jesus as our eternal priest. Jesus entered the presence of God on our behalf, and stands eternally to intercede for us. As Paul again says, “Christ Jesus, who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34)
Our hope is as sure as the life and existence of Jesus. The only circumstance which could nullify or negate the promises we have been given for eternal life and joy would be this: that Jesus Himself, the second person of the eternal Triune Godhead, ceased to exist. As long as Jesus exists, our hope will exist! As long as Jesus lives, our hope is sure!
What do you hope in? Where does your hope lie, friend? Do you have eternal, unchanging hope?
My hope is sure. I know, without a shadow of a doubt, because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, that what I yearn for will come. Jesus will return. I will spend eternity in endless days of delight.
My hope will come. It is sure. Is yours?