by Kevin Rutherford


We have a little ray of sunshine living in our house who is almost two years old now.  While taking a bath the other day she said, “Hannah is happy.” While getting her diaper changed she said, “Hannah is happy.”  One morning when I went to get her out of bed she said, “Hannah is happy.  Is Daddy happy?” How could daddy not be happy?!

What we see in this little child is a joy in living, loving, and being loved.  It is a joy that often fades with the passing of time and the onslaught of life’s difficulties.  However, Christians should make an effort to maintain joy in their lives, and what could give us greater joy than the hope we have?

We rejoice in hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:2).  We can even see our hope increase during time of distress (Romans 5:3).  Furthermore, this hope gives us courage (Romans 5:5).  We are saved by hope, and we patiently wait for the fulfillment of that hope (Romans 8:20, 24).  We rejoice in hope (Romans 12:12), and we gain hope from the Scriptures (Romans 15:4).  Paul said, “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost (Romans 15:13).”

The Christian’s hope makes the Christian happy.  Are you happy?