Hope Springs Eternal
Updated: Jul 3, 2021
Hope Springs Eternal. You’ve probably heard this phrase before, but you might not know that it was written by Alexander Pope, an English poet from the 18th Century. Regardless of where this quote originated, it is a commonly used expression in our culture. It evokes a sense of unshakable optimism in the face of persistent opposition. If you’ve ever read the rest of the stanza from this poem, you would find Pope reminding the reader that hope is a gift for today, given by God, to remind us of our heavenly home.
Those who know me personally, know that I have an optimistic personality. It is part of my God given nature. But it’s also something carefully cultivated over many years of clinging to the kind of eternal hope that inspired Alexander Pope hundreds of years ago. I choose every day to believe in the promises of God’s Word. That is one reason I write about hope so often. The hope I have, I want to share with you.
Whatever challenges we face as a ministry, or as individuals, we haven’t lost hope and we haven’t lost faith in God’s ability to provide. In fact, we ask God to renew faith and hope in our hearts and lives daily. Because our hope ultimately rests in Christ Jesus, none of us could ever truly lose hope. It is God’s redemptive work in our lives that gives us this hope. And God never fails!