There is no better elixer for the soul than HOPE. You may not realize it, but hope is the underlying driver for any human endeavor. From the student in college, to the new mom, to the amateur or professional athlete, to the political candidate, to anyone; people invest their time, energy, and money in things they hope for.
“Hope springs eternal in the human breast.” – Alexander Pope
Not only does hope drive temporal human behavior, it also drives our spiritual reality. The Bible teaches us that we are saved by hope: “For we are saved by hope” – Romans 8:24 KJV. This saving hope comes from our faith in the eternal life promised to us by Jesus Christ. The hope of those who love God is that He is taking care of us in our lives, and that when we pass from this life, we look forward to an eternity of joy and peace. The famous English poet Alexander Pope, the author of the hope springs eternal quote, knew this well. Here is the passage from Pope’s poem ‘An Essay on Man – Epistle I’ written c. 1733:
Hope humbly then; with trembling pinions soar;
Wait the great teacher death, and God adore.
What future bliss, he gives not thee to know,
But gives that hope to be thy blessing now.
Hope springs eternal in the human breast:
Man never is, but always to be blest:
The soul, uneasy and confin’d from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
You can read the complete text of The Essay on Man here.
One day we are going to meet our Maker face to face, and until that day hope springs from within. And on that day when we meet, faith and hope will be no more. Faith will give way to knowledge, for we will see Him and know that He is and that our faith was not in vain. Our hope will therefore be fulfilled, what we had waited for, what we had hoped for, has become our reality and so we hope no more. The one thing that will remain is charity, which is the Love of God. The Apostle Paul puts this idea very eloquently in his letter to the Corinthians: “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 KJV, another Bible Double.