Today I’m thinking about hope.
Is there ever a season of life when we aren’t hoping for something? I’m not talking about not being content, always wanting more, and comparing ourselves with the Jones’. I’m talking about being in places where we see our own deficiency in roles that we play in life. Places where we see that the truth of God’s Kingdom isn’t being manifested. Places where we see hurt and disconnectedness and pain and lies.
How do you press into hope when it seems like you’ve just survived a curve ball-you look up expecting rest and peace, and there’s another curve ball that comes in and hits you square in the face? How do you stay in peace? How do you choose rest and trust? How do you choose hope instead of lying down and giving up?
Hope is “a strong, confident expectation.” It deals with things we can’t see or haven’t received.
I’ve been reading about Caleb quite a bit the last while. He was one of the spies that Moses sent into the land of Canaan to check out what the land, cities, and people were like. He saw the land that was fertile and prosperous, the fortified cities, and the giants. He believed that what God had promised He could fulfill in spite of the odds being hugely stacked against the children of Israel.
But ten of the other spies influenced the people to be afraid instead of trusting that God would be with them. Consequently, Caleb had to wait in the wilderness while the rest of his generation died off until he could move into the fulfillment of his promise from God.
He must have clung tightly to hope for all those long years of waiting in the wilderness. I mean, his promised land was in sight, but he wasn’t able to move forward into it. When the time was right, though, he was ready! He claimed what Moses had promised him and drove the giants from his land! Joshua 14:6-15 – Special Land for Caleb – Then the – Bible Gateway.
What are you hoping for, crying out to God daily, hourly, or minutely for? What is your heart’s cry?
I’m sure that no two people are in the exact same place asking for the exact same thing, but here are a few passages of Scripture that I go to all.the.time when I’m pressing in for hope.
Blessed is the person who trusts the Lord.
The Lord will be his confidence.
He will be like a tree that is planted by water.
It will send its roots down to a stream.
It will not be afraid in the heat of summer.
Its leaves will turn green.
It will not be anxious during droughts.
It will not stop producing fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7,8)
The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail. (Isaiah 58:11)
The Lord’s justice will dwell in the desert,
his righteousness live in the fertile field.
The fruit of that righteousness will be peace;
its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.
My people will live in peaceful dwelling places,
in secure homes,
in undisturbed places of rest.
Though hail flattens the forest
and the city is leveled completely,
how blessed you will be,
sowing your seed by every stream,
and letting your cattle and donkeys range free. (Isaiah 32:16-20)
Keep pressing on! Don’t give up!
When you can’t see it or haven’t received it yet, it’s time to hunker down and press in to HOPE-in strong, confident expectation!