The football World Cup has come round again, and along with it the hope of millions of England football fans that their team will do well this time around. Every four years, there seems to be a brief period of hope, followed by the inevitable disappointment. Most of our hopes are like that - they are things we greatly wish for, but that, if we are honest, we are unlikely to see happen.
However, the Bible speaks about a different sort of hope - a certain hope for the future. This is what one of Jesus' closest disciples, the apostle Peter, says about what God has done for his people:
God promises his people a great future inheritance with him. Most inheritances are uncertain; they could lose their value before they come to you. The inheritance that God offers, however, is secure. It gives a certain hope for the future. The promise of the Bible is that God's people will spend eternity with him enjoying his presence and goodness.
things we hope for are uncertain, but eternal life with God is secure
for all who trust in Jesus Christ. Do you have this certain hope?
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." (Mark 8:34 NIV)