The truth is we were without God and without hope in the world, but now, because of Jesus, we have been brought near to God. Now that we live with God, we live with hope and peace given by the very presence of God.
Strangely, there is something in us that wars against being tethered to God.
11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:11-13 NIV
When we live WITH GOD that means we can live WITH HOPE.
We don’t have to live distant from God.
Hope is “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen”
Hope is "believing there is a better tomorrow"
With hope comes a gift that only God can give: PEACE.
Isaiah 26:3 puts it like this: You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
How can we live in the peace that God offers us right now as well as the future peace that's promised to us in the life to come?