Put Your Hope in God
March 18, 2019
By Suzanne Tucker, Assistant Director of Worship and Arts Ministry
Hope is a small but enormously powerful word. Like the flame of a single candle, it has the ability to push back the darkness of situations that threaten to overwhelm. In hope lies the ability of the human soul to turn to God and live as if His promises are going to come true. “Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD” (Psalm 31:24)
Here are a few key things to remember about hope:
- Hope is more than a wish. When we hope that the light stays green, hope fried chicken is the special, or hope we get a good grade on a test, we’re really just wishing. That’s not tapping into the true power of real hope in God. This kind of hope is separate from certainty.
Hope is not a wish; it is a discipline. It is a determination to believe in God’s reality and power, even when the world seems to be crashing down around you. Christian hope is a confidence that something will come to pass because God promised that it would come to pass. “No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame,” Psalms 25:3
- Hope has to be put in the right place. When I place my hope in my own intellect, preparation, or abilities, it’s like operating a power tool without plugging it in. I’ve removed God, the source of all power, from the situation. With God, all things are possible. Therefore, we can live in confident expectation that He’s going to perform a good work. My plans and efforts shift like sand, but He is the Rock. “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” (Isaiah 40:31).
- Hope is real. We are surrounded by hurt, sickness, financial worries, war, and hatred. Apart from God, our world is an awful, broken, hopeless place. But even when you cannot see or feel any hope, it is there! The key to accessing hope is trusting God. David found himself in many difficult situations and had to remind himself that hope was real. He wrote: “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.” – Psalms 39:7 and “Show me the path where I should walk, O LORD; point out the right road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.” – Psalms 25:4-5
- Hope is an action. Read David’s words about hope and you’ll see they are filled with action words: have courage! Be strong! Wait patiently. Reverently worship God. Be joyful!
We have to practice hope. Sometimes we even have to will ourselves to have it. God will renew your hope when it begins to fail, just ask Him! Move forward. Do not fear. Take steps forward in confidence and speak words to yourself that encourage a sense of hope.
“Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for and hope for and expect the Lord!” – Psalms 31:24
Hope is at the intersection of asking, believing, and expecting.
“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalms 27:13