“For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy. As it is written, ‘Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name….’ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” – Romans 15:8, 9, 13
Hope is hard. Some days it is difficult to look at the future and see positive things, much less to see great things. But this passage says we can hope because of what Christ has done. He came to show God’s truthfulness. In His life, He showed what God’s truth really is. He is the Truth. He came to confirm His promises. He fulfilled all the prophecies in the old testament. And in doing so, He showed that we can trust every single thing He promises to us. And He came to show His mercy. The Gentiles get to glorify God for the mercy He has shown them. Christ died for us all. If He has paid for our past, then we have hope for our future.
I think many times hope is hard to come by, because we look at the days ahead through the lens of our own abilities. I don’t have the ability to make tomorrow any better than today, so why would it be? We see tomorrow through the lens of today’s troubles. Today they seem insurmountable. And if I can’t get past this, then how could tomorrow have any value? But just like the story of David and Goliath, when we stare at the giant, we are impressed by His strength and in fear of His power. But David looked not at the giant, but at God. He saw a God whose power is immeasurable, beside whom the giant is nothing. That gave him hope. And we have the same opportunity. We can look at Jesus. We can see how He showed God’s truthfulness, so we can believe. We can see how He fulfilled God’s promises, so we can trust. We can see how He showed mercy, how He gave good where none was deserved, and we can hope.