I’ve been reading Texts Under Negotiation: The Bible and Postmodern Imagination by Walter Brueggemann. It’s a small book that has been really moving me.
This is something that he said about hope:
“Hope, the conviction that God will bring things to full, glorious completion, is no and explanation of anything. Indeed, biblical hope most often has little suggestion about how to get from here to there. It si rather an exultant, celebrative conviction that God will not quit until God has had God’s full way in the world. On the one hand, such an affirmation is an antidote to our deep despair that most often can see no way out of our present vexation. On the other hand, such an affirmation of hope is a warning about our self-sufficiency that imagines that in our own power we can have life on our own terms, no or in time to come.”
Wow. God will have God’s way in the world! That is where I place my trust. It’s not just using wishful thinking to make a difference in the world. It is the confidence that God is God and he will accomplish his purposes in the world.