What’s the difference between faith and hope? I’ve always struggled with the distinction. “Faith is a decision, hope is a state of mind. Hope is the wings which carries faith to completion.” That’s what I found written in the back of one of my bibles but I have no idea why I wrote it or who said it.
Still, that sits well with me. I know that hope is a highly desirable commodity because there have been times when I haven’t had any. Almost nothing is worse. Without hope as a shield; discouragement, despair and desperation come in like a flood.
Maybe that is why St. Paul says; “‘pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling'” (Ephesians 1:18) When troubles come, as long as you know the HOPE of Christ’s call on your life you can more easily rise higher than any flood.
Hope, I think, gives us the courage to choose faith and stand there believing as long as necessary until the results are in. Without hope faith quickly fades. Of course, why am I so bent on a definition anyhow?
Faith and hope are like a set of identical twins I know who belong to my violin group. We always try very hard to tell them apart and call them by their own individual names but we’re often mistaken. They don’t seem to mind at all. They just wave their hand at us and say “it’s okay, just call us the twins.”