For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But we hope for what we don’t see, we wait for it in patience. Romans 8:24-25 (ESV)
I had to consult Matthew Henry’s Commentary to better understand this passage. Here’s what he tells us.
“Our happiness is not in our present possession: We are saved by hope. Our reward is out of sight. Those that deal with God must deal upon trust. Faith respects the promise, hope the things promised. Faith is the evidence, hope the expectation of things not seen. Faith is the mother of hope. In hoping for this glory we need to have patience.” (1) (Emphasis is mine.)
Our reward is yet to come. First, we must have faith which looks to the promise. Hope expects the outcome we desire, what we are promised. We have to wait for God to do His work. We have to exercise patience.
1. Matthew Henry’s Commentary in one volume, Zondervan Publish House (Regency)© 1961, page 1773.