A simple word defined, “to expect with confidence, trust.”
How many times in this life have you lost confidence or trust in something or someone?
Countless for me.
So today I was challenged with this idea of hope. Should I get my hopes up? Should I allow myself such anticipation? And I was reminded that I’m hoping in the wrong things.
I’m hoping someone won’t disappoint me or let me down. I’m hoping this new shirt will make me feel happier. I am hoping this new endeavor will sustain me.
But that’s not hope, not true hope.
We need to move our hope up higher, to a person who will never disappoint.
Maybe you’re thinking, Tara, I have been so disappointed by God. He has let me down, not shown up, or left me. I’ve felt those things too. So, I challenge you to do something new.
Look back at some of those painful and disappointing times in your life and ask God to show himself. Ask Him to show where He was. Trust Him when He speaks. It’s true. He was there.
He is incapable of disappointing us. Of letting us down. Of leaving us even if we’ve left Him. He is omnipresent, everywhere, all the time.
Now, you don’t have to look back forever, just long enough to let God show you He was there, He was moving, on your behalf, so He can be with you. He sent Jesus. He sent Him for you.
Romans 5:5 (NLT)
And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
So who are you hoping won’t hurt or fail you? Hopefully it’s not a person or a thing, because they will hurt and fail you. It’s not hopeless though.
All through the Psalms you’ll find the phrase “I put my HOPE in You.” Move that hope to the right place. And allow people to be people. It will move pressure from them, pressure they cannot carry for us. And let God surprise you with hope.
He is worthy of all our hope.