People Want To Have Hope


I was recently asking the owner of an art gallery for her advice regarding the kinds of paintings her customers are looking for.

She mentioned a number of things that appeal to her clientele – warmer colors, trees, water. And she said men in particular will buy a painting with a structure in it, like a barn or farmhouse. ?But that is in decent shape, not one that?s rotting or falling apart. It can be an old barn but one that looks pretty good. People don?t want to buy a painting of a house that?s about to collapse.? And then she said something really interesting. ?People want to have hope.? This lady does not claim to be a Christian, but she touched on something very real and true. People want to have hope.

I have read that for a Christian, art can be an expression of the hope he has placed in our hearts. Landscape artists don?t paint burned out forests. They don?t paint dead flowers or bombed out buildings. They attempt to capture beauty. Even abstract or non-objective painters, for the most part, try to create something beautiful, moving, or pleasing to the eye. I don?t know of anyone whose goal is to capture filth or ugliness (though there may be some who do).

This may be the reason:

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

God has put eternity into man?s heart. Most people believe there?s more than just this life. People want to have hope.

There’s nothing worse than feeling hopeless. ?When someone takes their own life, what makes it doubly sad is that they had probably gotten to the place where they’d lost all hope. ?We need hope to keep going.

When Jesus saves us he puts a hope in our hearts that we never had before – the hope of glory. We have a hope of someday seeing the glorious face of Jesus. We have the hope of being ?glorified? – completely conformed to Christ in new immortal heavenly bodies. When we grieve the death of a believer, we don?t grieve as those who have no hope, for we have a sure hope of seeing our loved one again in heaven. We have hope of eternal life. We have hope that we will dwell in a new heaven and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

We have hope that someday will return and we will be with him forever. And he will banish all evil, misery and pain and wipe away every tear from our eyes.

People want to have hope.

Lord Jesus, we ask you to open doors for the gospel and let your kingdom come. Give your eternal hope to multitudes. And fill us with joy that you have given us such a hope of glory.

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.