Hope is something we all need, and many of us struggle with its meaning.
I found this definition of hope on Wikipedia I absolutely love:
“expect with confidence” and “to cherish a desire with anticipation.”
Doesn’t that sound so nice? Yet how often do we lack hope and not realize
where our true hope should come from? It’s something we have one minute,
and then it’s gone the next. Why is that? And what does it take to get back
to that place of hopefulness? That place where we confidently believe
ideas like “God has a plan”, and “God’s got this”.
If you relate to any of these questions, we’re definitely in the same boat.
Especially in these crazy days, we’re in right now.
The world has been flip-turned upside down.
Life, work, our plans, and all the goals we had for 2020 have all changed.
More than ever, I feel like my hope has been a roller coaster ride up, down and all around.
In a time of so much uncertainty, how do we answer the question of regaining hope?
So, where does our true hope come from?
I know this is the “Sunday school” answer, but really, isn’t Christ the true answer for everything? In Isaiah 40:31 it says,
“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
If you have time, and even if you don’t, I highly recommend reading all of Isaiah 40.
It’s a great chapter on hope and comfort, which are a couple of things I think we all could use right now. I know I could.
When fear takes over and we don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel,
whether it’s a virus, singleness, money troubles, emotional or physical pain…
We have a great Living Hope we can turn to who will comfort and sustain us through all things.
The Bible mentions hope 167 times and says “fear not” 365 times, I feel these go hand-in-hand.
When we trust Jesus’ plan for our lives, that He’ll see us through any situation,
and we have our hope in Him, then we don’t need to fear.
Also, how cool is it that God included “fear not” 365 times?
That’s one for every day of the year. I’d say that’s pretty good planning.
If He can plan something that small as a great reminder for us,
can you imagine the wonderful things He has planned for you?
So take this blog post as my virtual hug to all of you until I can give you a real hug again.
Take comfort in God’s love and plan for you, and as one of my favourite youtube
couples (Paul and Morgan) likes to say “have hope and be free”
As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.
My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long—
though I know not how to relate them all.
I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign LORD;
I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone. – Psalm 74:14-16