According to Miriam- Webster the word hope is defined as “to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true”. The word hope gets thrown around a lot in just every day conversation: “I really hope I get the job”, “I hope you feel better soon”, “I hope we can go on this trip”. Sometimes it can be so easy to put our hope in things of this world. We put our hope in money, other people, and our health. We expect these things to make us happy, keep us from being lonely, and help us feel safe. There is only ONE who can do these things and His name is Jesus. These other things, scripture says will be destroyed.
Matthew 6:19-20 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in a steal.”
Psalm 33:18-22 “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.”
Psalm 146:5-7 “Blessed is whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry.
Putting our hope in something/someone we cannot see can be difficult sometimes. It is much easier to put our hope in tangible things and things we can control. But the above verse reminds me why my trust must be put in Jesus. God created the heavens and the earth. He provides food for the hungry and shelter for those in need. He provides strength when I am weak, peace when I am restless, comfort when I am hurting, and on and on. He provides what I need when I need it through the Holy Spirit.
Hope and faith go hand in hand. When we hope for something we have faith that it will happen.
Romans 8:24 “For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not have, we wait for it with patience.”
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for and the assurance about what we do not see.”
I don’t want to live this life without hope for something better. My ultimate better is Heaven with the God who loves me and created me. But while I wait for the ultimate I have hope in the things I believe God will do here on earth. I have hope that we will continue seeing men and women come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. I have hope that I will see my children come to know Christ and live a life pleasing to Him. I have hope that on my worst day, God is still with me.
One of my favorite verses:
Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.”
I pray you remember this verse. This verse has gotten me through a lot and is a great daily reminder. I have hope that no matter what you are going through God has a plan for you. God can bring beauty from ashes and use what you are going through to make you stronger and bring glory to His name. I also have hope in the fact that if you have made some poor choices, God can redeem you and still use you for His purpose and glory.
I have hope that you will conquer this addiction because God is your strength. I have hope that you will be brought out of your depression as you lean into God and find joy in His love. I have hope that your marriage will survive and become stronger as you trust God to heal and help the two of you forgive. This hope does not come from the promises of this world, but through my God. My hope gets stronger the closer I get to God and the more I learn about Him.
God, I pray for us to continue having hope when things appear hopeless. Father, help us strengthen our faith to have confidence in the things we are hoping for. We are believing that you will strengthen our marriages, help us raise our children, bring our children who have gotten away from you back, bring us out of depression and addiction, and bring us closer to you. We want to have hope even through our darkest days. Hope that you will bring us through whatever situation we are going through. In Isaiah 43:2 you say that you will walk through the waters with us and keep it from overflowing us. You say that you will walk through the fires with us and keep us from being scorched. Thank you, Lord, for walking through everything with us. Help us feel your presence surround us today.
Mandy Edwards is a Christian, wife and mother. At the age of 17, Mandy felt the Lord leading her into ministry, and followed that calling into marriage and family counseling. She has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a great passion to see marriages and families become all God created them to be. After several years of working as a counselor with adolescents, adults and families, Mandy and her husband were obedient to God’s calling for Mandy to stay home with their daughter – a beautiful gift from above! Mandy continues to seek and follow God’s plan as he takes her down new avenues to minister to others. Craving God Ministries is an outlet that enables Mandy to utilize her education and experience to reach women and families to reach their full potential towards the Kingdom of God.