“Hope always remains a lousy hedge against a lack of trust.” (Larry Doyle)
This is a business quote by a business writer, but it is also a wonderful quote about faith. I recently talked to several people worried about dying. They knew that I was a Christian and remarked that “it was understandable that I was not worried” since I knew where I was going. I find this a remarkably ironic statement. They could know the same and have the same assurance, yet they willing choose not to and remain afraid.
It is not that people do not have faith; it is that they willing reject Christian faith for faith in their own mind.
The Christian definition of Christian faith is:
Heb11.1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Yes hope is a part of faith, but a hope that comes of conviction.
Why and what do Christians place their faith and hope in? Christians know that God is faithful.
Heb10.23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
Hope without trust is certainly a lousy hedge. Trust with faith is not a hedge; it is peace.
Rom15.13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Published on Saturday, July 26, 2014 @ 4:31 AM CDT