24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.Romans 8:24-25
Can you tell from the title that I’m a pretty major Star Wars fan? I don’t want to be trite here, but this is going to sound pretty trite. We may be rightly disappointed in the latest Star Wars trilogy, especially if we hoped expectantly for it for decades. (I didn’t; I’m only a couple of decades old.) But if we hope in God, we will never be disappointed. . .I told you that would be trite. Are you disappointed?
But seriously, during my devotional time this morning, I was kind of nagging at God, because I’ve recently felt this sense of meaninglessness. I’ve felt like maybe I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to be doing. And so I’ve been bugging God about it. This morning, I think he told me something. But you should always be careful about “direct revelation” from God. Test it next to scripture. Make sure it is sound.
In any case, I believe he said, “You are exactly where you need to be. But your desires are not where they need to be.”
What might this mean? It might mean that I have been hoping for the wrong things. My longing for things unseen may very well have been longing for superficial things. When I’m feeling a little down or hopeless, I start to look forward to–to hope for–the end of the workday, or the end of the semester, or just any time I’ll be able to see my family again. But if my hope is built up in these things, then I’ve set myself up for failure. This hope that Paul is talking about is the hope we memorized yesterday. It’s not for the next paycheck. It’s not for the end of the day. It’s not for money or for anything temporary and superficial. Our hope is for adoption by God himself and redemption of our bodies.