“So, because our hope is set on what is yet to be seen, we patiently keep on waiting for its fulfillment.” (Romans 8:25, TPT)
As believers, there are moments in our lives when we feel like hope has abandoned us. Perhaps it’s waiting for the job offer, or the healing miracle, or the long-awaited child, or maybe finding that special person to spend the rest of our lives with, or even feeling that God is distant. And even though we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, we have no choice but to keep on walking and trusting in God’s goodness and promises.
This kind of hope is called “blind hope.” The type of hope that persists even when it’s not rational to do so. It’s holding onto something you cannot see, touch, or verify with your senses, but you know and trust that it’s there, waiting for you.
As Christians, we know our hope is in God, the unseen, all-knowing, all-loving Creator of the universe. We hope for eternal life, salvation, redemption, forgiveness, and abundant blessings from Him.
Blind hope is significant because it’s the kind of hope that lasts beyond circumstances and emotions. It’s anchored in God’s character and promises, not in our feelings or rationality.
The Bible is full of stories of heroes of faith who held onto blind hope despite their impossible situations. Abraham hoped for a son in his old age, Noah hoped for a flood that he couldn’t prove, Joseph hoped for a dream that seemed ridiculous, Moses hoped for a liberation mission with a speech impairment, David hoped for a kingship while hiding in caves, and so on. The common thread in their stories is that they trusted in God’s faithfulness and power, not in their own abilities or circumstances. They were called “people of faith” because they held onto blind hope and persevered to the end.
Holding onto blind hope is not easy. It requires discipline, perseverance, and faithfulness in the face of doubts, fears, and setbacks. It’s tempting to give up on hope when we don’t see results, when we compare ourselves to others, or when we’re tired of waiting. It’s also tempting to take matters into our own hands, to manipulate circumstances, or to compromise our values and integrity. However, the danger of doing so is losing sight of God’s plan and purpose for our lives.
Blind hope is not passive or inactive. It’s actively seeking God’s will and obeying His commands, even if they don’t make sense or go against our desires.
Holding onto blind hope has great rewards. We can experience joy, peace, patience, and perseverance in the midst of trials and hardships. We can also witness God’s faithfulness and glory in answering our prayers and fulfilling His promises.
Blind hope strengthens our faith and deepens our relationship with God. It also inspires others to hope in God and to see the power of His love and grace in our lives.
Blind hope is contagious and a gift we can share with others struggling with hopelessness and despair.
Blind hope is not a naïve or ignorant kind of hope. It’s a courageous and tenacious hope that knows who it trusts and why. As Christians, we’re called to hold onto blind hope in God’s goodness, grace, and mercy, even when the world around us crumbles. It’s not an easy task, but it’s a necessary one if we want to fulfill our purposes and be faithful to God’s calling.
I encourage you to examine your own faith journey and see where you need to hold onto blind hope. May God’s Spirit guide you in this beautiful, challenging, and rewarding process of trust and perseverance.
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