“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” — 1 Corinthians 13:13
Hope Will End
“All good things must come to an end.” This idiom is credited to the English author, Geoffrey Chaucer, in the mid-1300s. He wrote a poem that tells the tragic tale of a couple who were in love in the ancient city of Troy. It is often used as a proverb and a wise reminder that all good things are just temporary. My family has often used the term at the conclusion of the baseball season, when we also realize the deep, dark abyss of winter is about to set in.
You might be wondering why the title of this devo is “Hope Will End.” Isn’t hope something that we are to hold onto? Hope in Jesus is what we are currently supposed to hold onto and cling to. Don’t give up your hope — but one day you will no longer need it.
Several years ago, while I was studying 1 Corinthians 13, I read verse 13 and I was perplexed. I understood the connection between faith, hope and love, but I didn’t understand why love was the greatest of the three. Don’t we need all three equally?
That’s when a friend reminded me that one day, we will see Jesus face to face. When I see Him on that day, I will no longer need faith or hope, but I will experience His love throughout eternity. Our faith and our hope will be realized, and I’ll have the joy of His love forever!
— Mickey Weston, Chicago White Sox chaplain
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