“For everything written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
Hope is a funny thing. Hope requires patience and trust too. I can hope that it will not snow tomorrow, but what if it does? Then what? I can hope that my flight is on time. But, what if that is not so? Then what? Will treacherous travel or a flight delay zap me of my joy for that day?
Paul teaches, “Be joyful in hope,” and we can be sure he is not teaching about unfounded optimism. The hope that Paul describes is not the hope that is uncertain like the weather or flight schedules. No, not at all! And Paul further describes where this hope is founded, “In the living God, who is Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.”
Our hope, as God’s people, makes our joy complete because it is based on God’s love. Love for you and your students! The Holy Spirit is always at work in your Christian teaching, in the Christian disciplining of students, in forgiving students and one another, and in partaking of His Body and Blood in Holy Communion. And, God’s love in Jesus’ death and resurrection is certain, complete, and everlasting for us.
For Christians, to be joyful, is for us to put our hope only in Jesus. Teach your students to do the same. God’s love for us through Jesus made it possible for us to enter eternity with Him.
May God bless your teaching today and give you hope in the joy of life eternal!