Hope vs. Optimism

I have always been a generally optimistic person. It’s part of my personality. However, I’m not so optimistic about human nature and humanity’s propensity to mess things up (including our beautiful planet).

That’s why we need hope.

Hope is based on the character of the Creator who intervened in human history to win back his broken creation and to rescue us from our foolish rebellion.

Optimism hopes for the best without any guarantee of its arriving and is often no more than whistling in the dark. Christian hope, by contrast, is faith looking ahead to the fulfillment of the promises of God,… Optimism is a wish without warrant; Christian hope is a certainty, guaranteed by God himself. Optimism reflects ignorance as to whether good things will ever actually come. Christian hope expresses knowledge that every day of his life, and every moment beyond it, the believer can say with truth, on the basis of God’s own commitment, that the best is yet to come.” ― J.I. Packer

Easter is the ultimate game changer. It means that sin and death are ultimately defeated. It means that God is reclaiming and renewing His entire creation. That gives me a rock solid hope in God’s purposes for Planet Earth.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.   Romans 15:13

Maybe I’m not an optimist after all. Call me a cheerful realist…

What is it about Easter that gives you hope? How do you live this out?

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