Many of us in our today put our hope in wrong places. We put our hope and trust in wealth, our successful careers, our long-term relationships, or in our established statuses. But that is like putting hope and our trust in our sandcastles, any minute our feet or somebody else’s feet can crush them. And there is nothing wrong putting our trust in those things, and to be honest, it feels good sometimes to have privileges and a sense of security; financial security, or have relationships with people who always stand by you, and other privileges and good statuses that you may have behind or before your name, or identity. They are all good and useful things in life, but none of them have firm enough foundation upon which to build our lives.
The Bible tells us that it really matters where we put our hope. Jesus gave an illustration of this in the Bible in the book of Matthew chapter 7 verses 24 to 27, and He said, “Everyone then who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
The best and safest place to put your hope and trust wholeheartedly is in God. Because God is able and when you put your hope and trust in God, your hope is firm and secure. He is Alpha and Omega, the first and last one standing. In other words, if you are in God’s team, even if it may look like you are losing right now, at the end of it all, you are a winner. Pretty much God has a last say in everything. In fact the Bible says, He declares the end from the beginning. In the book of Isaiah chapter 46 verses 9 to 10, it says, “He is God, and there is no other; He is God, and there is none like Him. He makes known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. His purpose will stand, and He will do all that He please.”
God gives hope to those who seem to have no or little hope. That’s why I like to go to the Bible and see what God has promised us through His Word concerning our circumstances, and situations, but also to get more understanding about things in a godly perspective. I mean, sometimes it can look like there is no way out you are going to overcome this battle or that thing or this stage in your life, but then when you open the Bible, and read it, and you learn that God is for you too. He can also help you too. One of my favorite scriptures about hope is in the book of Isaiah chapter 40 verse 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.”
Helen Keller has this famous quote saying, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Hope is very important. Hope is something that we all need at least at some point in our lives. It’s contagious and it’s attractive. When hope rise, confidence rise, but also patience and endurance are developed, faith and self-esteem increase, and so on. Hope is that positive attitude that says no matter what the circumstances I am going through or I am in, there is a way for me where things will change for the better. Hope is having positive expectations for a certain thing to happen, or the feeling of wanting something to happen or be the case for you, and your circumstances.
There is hope for all of us for whatever it is that we need at the moment; doors of opportunities to be opened, or our prayers to be answered, for things to change in our circumstances, and so on. We have a God who is well-able, and His promises are ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen.’ In the book of second Corinthians chapter 1 verse 20, it says, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” Let hope rise in you today.
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