Today’s Scripture: For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Romans 8:24-25

Peter anxiously squirmed on the couch as his friends came and brought him their gifts. He had waited so long for this day – he had asked for a bike for his birthday and hoped his wait would soon be over. As he tore open his presents, he received many cool games and toys from his friends, but his mind was still engrossed in the possibility of getting a bike.

After he thanked his friends for their gifts, his parents brought him several packages. Peter, although curious about what his parents had gotten him, was disappointed since he knew there was no way a bike would fit in any of the packages. When he finished opening the last box, his parents told him they had a surprise outside.

Peter’s face lit up with excitement as he saw his new bike; it was better than he had imagined. He ran and hugged his parents and thanked them profusely. His wish had finally come true.

Hope is not for the present; hope is the expectation of what is to come. Hope doesn’t look at the current situation, instead, it sees past to a day when something will be better. Hope doesn’t dwell on disappointment, but rather that one day we will experience good. If you have what you are hoping for, you no longer need to hope.

Hope is limited to the future and, therefore, requires patience. We have to be willing to wait until God allows the time to come. Because of our salvation, we have the hope of being in Heaven with God for all eternity. Although we are still here in this sinful world, we can be confident that one day we will be with Him.

We have so many things better than a new bike to hope for – a home in Heaven, a new body, eternity with God, and freedom from the presence of sin – just to name a few. We can make it through the things we face in life because our God is faithful. When the troubles of life start to get you discouraged, think about the hope of Heaven, and remember, one day that hope will be realized.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.