Hope ... Where It Should be Found

Hope" is an interesting concept. It means having a "favorable and confident expectation of something".  It is always connected with something future and something unrealized

You don't hope for something that is already secured or guaranteed. In fact, that which you hope for may not even be likely.

But there is something on which hope is based such that you still anticipate that the good you hope for will come to fruition.

Many of us have things in our lives that feel hopeless or devoid of hope (a broken relationship, a loved one who lives in dysfunction, an area of failure in our lives).

In these areas, those who are grounded in the belief in the God of the scriptures have an advantage. In areas that feel hopeless, our hope moves past the thing itself and unto the God who grounds all reality.  Our hope is placed ultimately in God, in his character, in his goodness, in his faithfulness.

Our hope then is that, in the end, God will make right that which is wrong, will restore that which is broken, will heal that which is wounded. While we long for our hope to be realized in our lifetimes, hope in God allows us to see even hopeless things, hopefully.

This has to be an an intentional act though, and it won't be done for you.  Observe the Psalmist when he says, "Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God,"

So today, in the areas you feel hopeless, shift your focus from the problem itself and onto God and see if hope at some level returns to you. 

Romans 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Grace & Peace,
Brad

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