But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 1 Thessalonians 5:8
In both his letter to the Ephesians and here Paul talks about salvation being like a helmet. That is interesting because a helmet is the piece of God’s armor that protects our mind and here Paul adds that it is tied together with the hope that salvation brings.
Certainly no 1st century Roman soldier went rushing to the front lines without his helmet. In that same way none of us should go out even for a single day without first putting over our thoughts, motivations and plans the hope that God gives. There is no need so urgent, no demand so important and no emergency so grave that we cannot pause to remind ourselves that our hope of success lies 100% on the shoulders of God.
Interestingly the Greek includes the idea of trusting expectation with most Latin based languages using the words hope and wait interchangeably. As believers in the Lord Jesus we not only simply wish for better things but we wait with trusting expectation to see God bring about His will in our lives. He is our hope of salvation. He is our living Savior and as we trust in Him, He fills us with the High Hope of His salvation!