Are you full of hope?
Right now you might be full of pessimism. But don’t let cynicism, despair, or doubt about your circumstances, about your future, cloud your view of hope. Be a hopeful person—not naively optimistic—but genuinely flooded with godly expectations.
When we neglect to put God in the very center of our troubles, we lose all hope. We get worried about what’s ahead for us.
Who or what gives you confidence about the future? If your confidence about the future is connected to the temporal world, hope is not sustainable. The world’s in constant flux, always changing. Financial markets shrink and expand, politicians disappoint, relationships end.
If your hope is based on what is seen rather than on what is unseen, you’ll soon discover hope fading and despondency setting in, because what is seen is temporary—what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18 says, “While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Romans 15:13 reminds us that hope rises in the hearts of those who trust in God: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
To be flooded with hope is supernatural. To embody hope, to become a genuinely hopeful person is a miracle, especially in a world like ours where hope is so scarce.
And here’s the crux of it: we don’t live in a world that’s had the supernatural sucked out of it. God is at work right now. He wants to generate hope, even in the most despairing heart.
So, what about you? Are you pessimistic? Perhaps you’re struggling right now, you may have lost your job and your future looks hopeless. The world seems upside down. Fear exists in places that once seemed so normal and safe. Don’t give up. Pray that God will sustain you and show you what to do. Have hope in God.
Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us,
Just as we hope in You.