What is the real meaning of hope?
So often, I catch myself saying, “I really hope that (blank) will happen,” “I really hope that so-and-so will forgive me,” or “I wish that (blank) wouldn’t have happened.” In any case though, there is usually a degree of doubt whenever I usually talk about hope. In this way, hope becomes more like wishing–believing that there is a chance that whatever you are hoping for will not come true.
These past couple of days, I have been struggling now more than ever with many different things. I can’t even name just one! God has shined His light on my life and shown me soooo many different sins and just things about me that don’t resemble Christ as they should. With this, I have shed so many tears and felt as though my insides were being torn and twisted. In the end though, He has taught me about hope through this exposition, as well.
This afternoon, I read Psalm 42, and it struck a heartfelt chord with me today. Here’s what The Message translation says in verses 2-3, 5:
“I’m thirsty for God-alive.
I wonder, “Will I ever make it–
arrive and drink in God’s presence?”
I’m on a diet of tears–
tears for breakfast, tears for supper,
All day long people knock at my door,
Pestering, “Where is this God of yours?”
Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God–He’s my hope—
soon I’ll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face.
He’s my God.”
Wow. Isn’t that verse passage incredible? Through reading this I was reminded that biblical hope is much different than worldly hope, so I looked up the definition in my Bible Dictionary. It said that hope was a trustful expectation, or as I like to say, “a blessed assurance” (Holliman Bible Dictionary).
Not only do we get to wish for God, but we get to trust that He is true! God is exactly who He says He is and that He is a God of love and mercy and infinite forgiveness for those that claim Jesus as their only Savior. We have His Word, and we have been given a blessed assurance that “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion” (Philippians 1:6).
I know that life is hard. Trust me, I know. But God’s grace is greater. His love is greater. This is where our trust must lie. But whenever life gets you down, close your eyes and rest in the promises of God. Rest in the heaven to come that is described in Revelation 21. That is our hope. That God will dwell among us, and He will wipe away every single tear.
Romans 8:25 says, “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”
Today, trust God. He is our blessed assurance. He gives reason for our soul to sing again, to praise Him and His glory. So smile! So hope! Trust in Him no matter what happens. Never lose your trust in Him and the promises that He will fulfill. Always have hope.