For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?
When you are vacationing in a new location for the first time, you do quite a bit of preparing. You dream. You plan. You get excited. You read travel blogs. You talk to friends and family about it. You may even hire a travel agent to ensure you get the most out of your time there. You are filled with a sense of awe and wonder about all the fun and wonderful memories that await you there.
To a much greater depth and degree, this is what Heaven should be like for believers. Though we haven’t arrived yet, we have no doubt that it is going to be absolutely incredible and it should consume our thoughts. Our prayers, words, and actions should be affected by this anticipated reality. We should be filled with an undeniable sense of joy and excitement that draws others in.
Unseen hope, as stated in this passage, anticipates a future that is not yet fully experienced. This hope is vital to us while we are still in this world of trouble. Though we’ve not yet experienced the reality of heaven, we can trust that there is a eternal glory that awaits us like nothing we’ve ever experienced before.
• What comes to mind when you think about Heaven? How does this line up with how the Bible describes heaven?
• What about this description most excites you? Why?
• Thank God for the hope He provides. Thank Him for the reassurance of eternity spent with Him in a reality beyond our greatest desires.