24 - 25 "For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently."
Why do we need hope? Because we have a need. But hope here isn't something that we have to wonder whether or not it will happen. Hope is something real and tangiable for a person to have. God's promises give us hope. In Arabic the first part of this verse translates, "We are preserved by hope." Hope implies patience as does this passage of scripture. Well, what else are you going to do? God is our only hope and He's got the whole world in His hands. We might try to
- Take short cuts. But this diminishes the experince that was to be gained and it's results are not apprecaited. We are probably doomed to do it again until we wait for what exactly what God wants to give us.
- Quit. When we lose hope, we quit trying. When we shut down hope all we have to turn to is dispaire.
- Make someone else do it. Now your a thief. How could this be? When you transfer what you should have done yourself to someone else yet you still reap the benefits of their actions - you will become a thief.