God Has Wired For Hope

For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News
— Colossians 1:4-5

When a person gets saved God prewires them for hope. For a Christian there is a restlessness in the human heart for something more than this world can offer.

I usually don’t quote past preachers, theologians, commentators or so-called church fathers because I like quoting God better and He says it’s better. But Augustine made my point clear when he said,” You made us for Yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You."

As Christians, our hope is built on a sure foundation, and that is the hope of heaven. The apostle Paul spoke of faith that springs from this hope: "For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God's people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven" (Colossians 1:4).

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I read an amazing story in one of my devotions about a little bird called the Golden Plovers. These birds are Native to Hawaii and they migrate during the summer to the Aleutian Isles, some 1,200 miles away. There they mate and lay their eggs. Then, after their little ones are born, they return to Hawaii. Even more amazing is that their little fledglings, which are too young to return with their parents, fly to Hawaii once they have grown a little. God has given them a homing instinct that makes this possible.

That fits us exactly. In the same way, God has given us a homing instinct for a place we have never been. We have never been to heaven, but we long for it, because heaven is our home. Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us that God has set eternity in our hearts. We’re like the Golden Plovers, we have a heavenly GPS.

Don’t get so wrapped up in the things of this world that your hope begins to fade. God Bless!