I was listening to a podcast yesterday (again) and learned that the word hope in ancient times did not simple mean wishful thinking, an optimistic anticipation, or an expectation of things to come.
When people hoped, they were not simply wishing for things to come true. They were certain that what they were hoping for would come true.
That’s why when people hoped in God, they were certain that God heard them, that He would help them, that He would be their shield, protector, and provider.
In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus promises us that our sacrifices for His kingdom will not go unrewarded:
“Jesus said, ‘Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.’” — Mark 10:29-30
Jesus calls us to put our hope on this promise. A promise that we should not only wish to be kept, but a promise that is certain to be fulfilled.
He calls us not only to wish to be rewarded for our sacrifices for His kingdom, but to know for certain that He will reward us in this present age and in the age to come.
Are you tired of serving Him? Are you feeling discouraged? Hope in His promise. Hope with certainty.
What are you praying for? Don’t just wish. Hope in prayers. Hope with certainty.
God is faithful to His promises.