Ever hope for something you already have? Uhm, no – who does that!?
We hope for things we don’t have. When something is promised to us (like a gift or a favour or an outing or a meal) we wait and hope for that promise, like your dog might wait with excitement by the door for you to come home.
Because of the cross, we are promised a few things as we have just read in Romans 8 (write down what they are). And so now we wait, not with false hope; we can be sure of this hope – that what God has promised He will deliver on.