“…Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?” (Romans 8:24)
Hope requires faith because it calls us to something, someplace, we’ve never seen, touched, or fully felt with our physical senses. Uncertainty is at play. The unknown is eminent, obvious. But God’s given us enough of a glimpse into what’s to come, even better, into Who He is, to trust Him and hope in the future.
But what is hope?
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines hope as: to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true; to trust.
In the original Greek language of the book of Romans the word elpís is used where we have the word hope. Elpís originates from the word elpo which means to anticipate, usually with pleasure. One of Thayer’s/Strong’s definition of this word is the expectation of good, hope; in the Christian sense: joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation.
Expectations are everything
To quote C.S. Lewis, “Expectations are everything.” Lately I’m seeing and hearing it everywhere and I’m starting to believe it.
Remember in a recent post (here) when I said God likes to talk to me by letting the same thing pop up over and over? I think He’s trying to tell me something here.
To be candid (and maybe help you see where I’m coming from with this), I’ve been struggling with digestive issues for close to 10 years and to say that I’ve “gotten my hopes up” with the next best diet or supplement would be an understatement. I’ve been praying for healing constantly, prayed over, and prayed for often and the results haven’t been what I want, what I expected, what I hoped for. I want total physical healing from this, and though I’m not where I was, I’m no where near where I want to be.
But, maybe my expectations are in the wrong place. Not to say it’s wrong to hope or expect healing, signs, and miracles (or that I’ve given up believing it will happen for me) – but those desires can’t take the place of knowing Him more or the purpose He has for these trials.
When the “end game” is physical healing, when the end comes, when this body runs out, what will be left for eternity?
Hope in God
So when my focus is too much on the physical, the here and now, I will speak to my soul and remind me of who my God is. He is FOR me, He LOVES me, and He is working ALL things out for His glory and my good. He knows me better than I know myself, therefore He is better trusted with my life than I am. God, help me trust you more.
“Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.” Psalm 42:5-6a
What are you hoping in? Are there any prayers you’ve been praying that maybe God’s asking you to shift your focus?
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