Rise and greet each new day with hope.

Romans 15:4 says, “For whatever things were written before, that is in the Old Testament, were written for our learning that we, through the patience and comfort of the scriptures, might have hope.”

God has woven the ability to hope into every human heart, and it begins to show itself even before we have the vocabulary to express it. Babies hope to walk, so they keep getting up despite falling. Toddlers hope to run, so they keep grinning and lunging forward despite bruised noggins. Children hope to ride on two wheels, so they keep getting onto their bikes despite scraped knees. Astronauts hope for new space discoveries, so they keep strapping themselves atop rockets despite the risk of a fiery death.

The heights of hope like the depths of love can only be fully realized in knowing Christ, but this is not to say that non-Christians do not hope. To the contrary, everybody everywhere and of all stripes greet each day with some degree of hope. “Hoping is the main business of the human spirit,” writes Lewis Smedes. Hope propels athletes to break records, spurs suitors to pursue their beloved, and motivates scientists to find cures for diseases.

The alarm clock may stir us, but hope gets us out of bed. What else could rouse us but the possibility, however remote, that today might turn out to be better than yesterday? Despair would just pull the covers over its head and stay put, but hope, even the faintest flicker of it, will persuade an otherwise resigned soul to rise head above heels one more time to face another day. For whatever things were written before or written for our learning that we through the patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. When you read the scriptures, you will find hope.