What does it mean to hope? It means to trust in, wait for, look for, or desire something or someone; or to expect something beneficial in the future.
In times such as these, we have many hopes. We hope people will get better, we hope COVID will go away, we hope we can go back to our normal routines of life, we hope we can celebrate special events, we hope we can gather with others in worship, we hope, we hope, we hope….
Beth shared this verse from Romans, Chapter 5 in staff devotions this week and it truly speaks to our journey in life at the moment. For me, it raised the question: what is the difference between hope and faith?
Faith and hope are defined in the dictionary as follows: Faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing or a belief not based on proof, and Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind based on an expectation or desire. Faith says it is so now, and hope says in the future it could happen
Hebrews 11:1 NIV says – “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
By definition, Faith is confidence or trust in something or someone not based on proof (believing in things unseen). Hope is an optimistic attitude based on expectation or desire.
What exactly is the difference here?
Biblically speaking, Faith says whatever you are hoping for is here now. Hope says there is a chance of it happening sometime in the future.
We have hope because we place our future into God’s hands, not our own. Hope in this understanding does not disappoint, it does not fail, because we trust that God is in control of all things and He is always with us no matter what trials and tribulations are happening around us. You can trust in Him to guide you, to sustain you, to give you strength, hope and peace. You are NOT alone!
You also have your Trinity family! You also have me, or any of the staff, ready to lend a hand. I am here to pray with you, to cry with you, to lend a listening ear, to share a laugh with or whatever you need. We ARE the church, we ARE Easter people, and we continue to give God worship and praise – even in the midst of difficult times. We come together in new ways to worship and serve because we are Easter people. We know, and trust, that the God who loves us so much He sent Jesus to be our Savior is with us and through it all God will be glorified.
We continue to be here to encourage, equip, and guide you as you are the “Light of Christ” for your children, family, friends, and neighbors. On the Children’s Ministry page are some ideas/tips/resources to help you lead by faith with your family. Please feel free to contact me any time if I can serve you or your family in any way.
He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!