“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (Ephesians 1:18).
Our hope looks to the future and all that God is preparing. The pessimism of secular thought sees the future as nothing but a cyclical pattern of history repeating itself and things growing worse. As a people of hope, our view of time and history is linear; it moves in a straight line from God acting as the agent in creation to the culmination of the ages and the fulfillment of God’s purposes. While some see a hopeless end, we rejoice in our endless hope.