Romans 8:23-25

In one of my favorite movies the lead character asks his friend why evil men do what they do. His friend replies that those evil men have a hole inside that they can never fill no matter how much they kill, steal, etc. 
The truth is, we all have a hole inside of us. We all sense that there must be more to this life. Deep in the very fiber of our being we know that this life cannot be all there is. We “groan inwardly” as we desperately hope for something better.
Another famous movie quote is “hope is a good thing, maybe the best thing,” but what is hope? When you see that word in the Bible it does not mean wishful thinking (as in I hope I win the lottery so I can quit my job.). Rather, it means “confident expectation.” So when the Psalmist said, “My hope is in the LORD” he was not wishing that God would protect him—he was confident that God would protect him and that confidence gave him comfort.
Realized hope is no longer hope. When Jesus returns, we will no longer have hope, we will have peace, but until He returns, we have hope in Him. We are saved because of our hope in Jesus. By faith we confidently expect that He will keep His word and return for us. 
Romans 8:23-25  And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.  24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?  25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

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