A Promise Not A Coin Toss

“But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)”

Romans 8:25

Like many believers one of my favorite words in the Bible is the word “hope” and for good reason. Hope is empowering! Hope is what keeps us going like nothing else can. It’s been well said, “A man can go 6 weeks without food, 6 days without water, 6 minutes without oxygen, but he can’t go 6 seconds without hope.” For those outside Christ hope might be best defined as, “the commitment to possibility in the face of uncertainty” and yet for those in Christ, “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (yet).” The difference is huge. Biblical hope isn’t like the world’s concept of hope which is equivalent to flipping a coin. Biblical hope on the other hand, using the coin toss analogy, hope is seeing the coin as if the coin is heads on both sides. You call "heads" while the coin is tossed and spinning in the air before landing on the ground, and though you have to wait for the coin to land to see the results you have full assurance of heart that when the coin stops, it will most definitely be heads! That’s biblical hope!

I was watching a Utube channel the other day where the Utuber walks up to some random house and asks the Tennant who answered the door, “Hi, I am looking to rent an apartment in the area and I was wondering if you could tell me what a house like this might rent for?” The Tennant says I pay $1,200 a month for my place and the Utuber responds by saying, “I would like to pay your rent this month with no strings attached.” Obviously the guy is speechless and can’t believe that someone would just knock on the door and offer to pay the rent. The Utuber said he was filming an episode for his channel which he created to encourage his subscribers.

The Tennant began to cry and he shared with the Utuber how his rent was due that same day and that he didn’t have the money to pay it. He said he told his nephew earlier that morning when his nephew who was worried asked what are you going to do, “I don’t know but I am not giving up hope as hope is the last thing I have.” That's such a great reminder for us today. Remember, biblical hope is based upon a promise not a wish! No matter what never never give up hope because no matter what you are facing if your hope is in Jesus you can rest assured that the best is still yet to be because biblical hope is a promise not a coin toss!

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.”

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14


Michael Osthimer





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