Hope is an eternal truth. It’s up to us to grab it and pull it down and make it ours. We own the truth of hope. As we own hope, it lives in us as an ember, a light. Hope is an inner truth that gives us confidence in all circumstances. It rests on faith—a solid unshakable faith. Together with faith, hope grows. Think of faith as bricks. Hope is the mortar. It’s a foundation, and then a wall to protect the truth of the Holy Spirit who is our living hope alive in us. Even when circumstances are dead, the Holy Spirit tells us where and what to have hope in on earth.
The Holy Spirit reminds us of God’s promise of eternal life with him for all who believe in Jesus Christ. Jesus lives beyond the constraints of death. There is eternal life—and it’s glorious with God. Above and beyond all we can think or imagine. This is the nature of our God. This is the living hope we have in us.
Owning hope is how we get up the next day after a disaster and keep going. There is a God, our God, who is powerful enough to keep his promise that he makes all things work together for good for those who love him. Romans 8:28. It all matters. Nothing escapes his notice. He folds in all things. His promises are kept over time.
It takes time to understand the things God has already taken into account. He already knew what governments would do and decide for their countries before we were born. It doesn’t stop his plan for our lives from happening. It might be different than we thought in our youth. But God is constantly reconfiguring our path as life continues on earth. God factors in our mistakes and continues to create a good plan for our lives. In us, the Holy Spirit walks with us through each day comforting and encouraging and guiding us forward to the fulfillment of God’s good purposes in our lives. Letting these truths be part of us is how we own hope.