What are you facing today?
Is there a trial that just seems – too big? An area in life where you feel hopeless ?
Maybe it’s one giant that can’t seem to be taken down. Or is it the little things that add up over time choking out your joy?
Shame skews our outlook on life and our circumstances. It focuses us inward instead of upward resulting in hopelessness.
Hopeless living easily turns us into joy addicts. We begin to seek out ways to feel joy, more and more often. Always looking for the next thing to fulfill us, refusing to live fully in the present.
The behavior of a joy addict can easily turn (even good) things in our lives, into idols.
When we follow a false, temporary hope, it gives birth to temporary joy, which fades into hopelessness once again.
There we are, left feeling incomplete.
If things of this earth never fulfill us, what then are we to hope in?
Hope in God?
What does that actually mean?
I can tell you true hope in Christ does not disappoint. That hope in God is lasting and it can bring you true joy and peace.
And that is all so, very, true.
But what I want to narrow in on is the “how”.
Let’s look at 3 ways that we can tap into this living hope that He so graciously offers us all!
#1 Hope in God’s Word
With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord!
I will keep your statutes.
I call to you; save me,
that I may observe your testimonies.
I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I hope in your words.
If we don’t go to God’s word to lay the foundation, we are building on shifting sand.
The Bible says God’s word is truth, light, life, pure, powerful and living!!
We can and should be hopeful in God’s word. That He wants to speak to us and through us to others by His word.
This doesn’t mean to go to His word only when we “feel like it” or when things (including our schedules) are going well.
We must go to His word consistently.
In Psalm 119:147 it says I rise before the dawning of the morning and cry for help. I hope in your word.
I won’t tell you it has to be morning. As a busy mom of 5 (the first 4 all about 18 months apart) I understand life.
But I think it’s important to note “morning”. That shows us consistency and intentionality in going to God’s word.
Not only based on convenience.
So let’s be honest. Do you have a hopeful expectation that you will hear from God through His word?
Maybe it won’t feel like you heard from His word today, or this week or month.
And I’m here to tell you that’s ok. Just don’t give up.
By consistently putting God’s word in our hearts we can not go wrong. His word does not return void.
Over time it creates a foundation of hope for the hopeless heart.
#2 Hope in God’s Strength
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:5
When you feel like giving up, like you can’t fight another battle, God gives us hope in His strength.
When we are weak. He is strong.
As believers we have been given the Holy Spirit to guide us. Never forget that the same power that raised Jesus from the grave LIVES IN YOU!!
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. … Romans 8:11
If we hope only in our own strength and capabilities, we will miss God’s best for us!
God wants to go exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think!
That is an amazing strength worthy of hopefulness.
#3 Hopeful in God’s Faithfulness
But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
We live in a broken world. When we hope in things of this world we are so often left disappointed.
When we shift our focus and hope to God and His faithfulness, we can experience peace in times of turmoil and hope in times of despair.
God does not promise us that we won’t experience pain, loss or suffering in this life. Actually often the contrary. But He is faithful to be with us and bring us through every trial if we humble hearts and let Him lead.
He is the God of comfort.
People will always disappoint us. But His faithfulness in our relationship with Him will remain. It is like nothing else we can experience here on earth.
His love endures forever.
So when you feel you are being swallowed up and are without hope in this life, my prayer is that you would be encouraged to make a decision.
A decision to turn from shame and hopelessness and embrace the eternal hope of Christ instead.
I pray that through His word, His strength and His faithfulness you would choose to accept the everlasting hope that you are offered.
Offered through relationship with your heavenly Father. A Father who loves you beyond measure!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
How can I pray for you in this? Please let me know in the comments or send me an email!
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Talk to you soon,
O Lord, You have pleaded the case for my soul; You have redeemed my life.