An ARH Short: I Hope It Doesn’t Rain Tomorrow
Welcome to ARH-Short: pieces aimed at being short (500 words or less), quick, and to the point. We pray they offer A Reasonable Hope for the season you find yourself.
“I sure hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow”
When we think of the word “Hope” we think off it, often times, in these terms: “I sure hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow”.
Plato wrote in “Philebus” (39e) that human existence is determined not merely by the capacity to understand which accepts the present but also by the remembrance of the past and the expectation of the future.
When we say A Reasonable Hope, we do not say it to mean “We hope this is all true”, no. A Biblical example of the “Hope” we do not mean can be found, for example, in 1 Corinthians 9:10, “..the plowman ought to plow in hope…”. Rather, we say it to mean, as Paul did (in the negative) in Ephesians 2:12, “remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world”, and (in the positive) in Romans 4:18, “In hope against hope he (Abraham) believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken..”.
Not only do we mean that the best is yet to be, that the goodness of God – regardless of situation – will never be exhausted; but, also, that our hope is only increased as we reflect on the activities of God in the Scriptures (See Romans 12:12; 15:4).
The Greek word we zero in on is “elpis” – which means, to look forward with confidence to that which is good and beneficial. There is no doubt found in that word, none at all. We have a confident expectation that Christ is our hope of glory because of our hope in salvation; that by his mercy we have been born anew to The Living Hope. Because of that we wear a helmet, the hope of salvation as we stand unafraid and undaunted ready to make a defense for the hope that is in all of us.
Are people talking to hear their own voice in order to only tear you down? It may be painful but our hope is that time will tell and “those people” will be long, gone, and faded from your memory as your hope materializes.
So do you hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow?
But what if it does? Will it shake your ultimate (and true) hope? Your response should be, let it rain. Even when the earth crumbles under your feet, even when the ones you love, turn around and crucify you, don’t fall! because your hope is surrounding you all the more.
Even when the rain falls, even when the flood starts rising, even when the storms comes, you are washed by the water!
This HOPE is more than reasonable!