According to Wikipedia Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: “expect with confidence” and “to cherish a desire with anticipation.
However, what is our hope as a child of God?
We have an “anchor” for our lives that can help us stand fast through the storms of life. It’s called hope. In biblical terms, hope is closely allied with faith; the two go hand in hand.
As children of God, hope is the knowledge that we are being changed for the better as we trust in God’s promises (And we know (with great confidence) that God (who is deeply concerned about us) causes all things to work together (as a plan) for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. Romans 8:28 AMP).
It is the conviction that no matter the circumstances, God’s plans for our lives are “for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 AMP).
In the difficult times we live in, who do we put our trust and hope in? A new president, money, job security, our family? How do you maintain or even firstly obtain a positive mind frame with bad service delivery, political agendas, crime, injustice and indifference?
One of my favourite sayings is: What you put in you will get out! In a period of 24 hours, what is the amount of time that you spend in isolation with no distractions, focusing on our Hope? Excuses of “I don’t have time”, soothes our conscious, but it does not solve our fear, anxiousness, desperation or depression.
What can cause us not to have hope? Often, we hope in the wrong things. It’s so easy to place our hope in the wrong things. It’s so easy to place our hope in this material world — what we can see, taste, touch, and feel, based on our human desires and needs. These things are controllable to us. Only when we look to the truly firm foundation for living, Jesus Christ, will we find a hope that can anchor our souls. It all begins with our relationship with God.
We always look for the easy way out. We live in a “quick” environment, always wanting a “quick” fix to our problems. However, what do we put in? A quick verse in the morning hurried prayers or even no prayers, maybe an hour or two at church now and then. And then, when the wheels come off, who do we blame? Yes, of course, we blame God.
Where was He in my time of hurt, why are all these bad things happening to me? My question today is: Where was I, and you? We will never tell our deepest desires and secrets to the beggar on the street corner because we do not know him. Just so in our lives!
How can you have hope if you don’t know your Creator and His promises and thoughts about you? How much time do you put in, do you expect back more than you are prepared to put in? We became so blasé and arrogant in our thoughts that He is always there, and will always be. Yes, He will, and are, however, He is a righteous and jealous God. You are His, whether you believe it, or not! He created you for Him, not the other way around. He even gave up the Darling of heaven… for you and me! Anything that keeps you away from a relationship with Him, is standing between you and God.
Coming back to my initial question, in whom do you trust and hope?
My earnest prayer is that you will seek His face, make time for Him, you will still have trials and tribulations, but you will have hope to face the future.