Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. (Romans 8:24, 25 ESV)
My husband and I went with some friends to a restaurant. We all thought about what we wanted and the woman with us asked for blackberry cobbler. The waitress said that she wasn't sure if there was any left for the day had been busy. She said she would check but not to get your hopes up.
"Don't get your hopes up?" What good are low hopes? Low hopes are no hope at all.
When I hope for something, I am convinced that it will come about. I began to think on it as if it is real already. And I wait for it. That is hope.
There was blackberry cobbler!
The scripture above comes from Paul's writings to the Romans. He is talking to them waiting and longing for the day when we are finally called away from this world and all the pain and tribulation that is here. He is giving them hope and encouragement as Children of God, that because of their adoption they can be convinced that salvation is real, that they will be saved and taken to a better place. That they can think on it as if it is real already and wait for it with patience and endurance.
This present world can batter hard against you. Like the waves crashing against the beach, it can erode you if you allow it.
But like Paul says,
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. (Romans 8:24, 25 ESV)
By working hard to strengthen our numbers and standing together, we can and will persevere and endure and hold fast until He appears or calls us home.