Hope

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Have you ever stopped to consider hope?  What are some things you are hoping for right now?  I could make a list of things you may be hoping for but I think deep down in our hearts we each know what we are wishing for and desiring.

Some days I find myself placing my hope in all the wrong places…. Especially my hopes for the future or my hope in myself.

A couple months ago I read this verse and it was just what I needed at the time…

“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation [hope] is from him.” Psalm 62:5  (emphasis added)

So often I put my waiting and my hope into everything but God.  When we place our hope in anything other than God we will be disappointed every time.  Things break, people will upset us, and we ourselves will fail.

Last week I read a book by Rachel Wojo a popular Christian blogger.  The second chapter in her book was about hope.  What I read in that chapter opened my eyes to the foolishness of placing my hope in anything other than God. Here are some equations and a quote from her book…

Hope in people = Disappointed

Hope in things = Distracted

Hope in ourselves = Devastated

Hope in Christ = Delivered

“Our hope is secure only when it is anchored in God and his Word- his love, his guidance, his timing.”

When we place all our hope in God we will never be disappointed… He is always in control and always knows what is best.   When our hope is in God we won’t be so easily shaken.   We won’t be so devastated when people fail us or when we make mistake.  It’s only when our hope is placed completely in Christ that we can say with joyful confidence “…my hope is in Thee.” Psalm 39:7 (emphasis added)

It will take effort on our part to keep our hope in Christ.  We need to abide in His Word and talk to Him in prayer.  We must also keep our thoughts centered on Him.  When something threatens our joy we must remember where our hope belongs in the first place.  We must guard our hearts (Proverbs 4:23). We must continually place our hope back into God’s hands.  

{I would love to know} Are there any people, things, or dreams that steal your hope away from Christ?

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Now, more about Rachel Wojo’s book!!  One More Step was an light and encouraging read.  This would be an encouraging book for someone going through a tough time.  My favorite chapters were A Place For Hope and Gifts In The Desert.  I loved how she shared snippets from old gospel hymns at the beginning of each chapter.  It was also helpful to hear about her own personal struggles and life lessons, which she freely and openly shared.  Unfortunately, Rachel has been through a divorce and remarriage.  I also did not care for all the different Bible versions she used and her choice of personal standards are somewhat low.  On a positive note, I did learn from this book!  Blogging for books provided me with a copy of this book.

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5 thoughts on “Hope

  1. While I can’t think of anyone who is deliberately attacking my faith or attempting to draw me away from the Lord, I am guilty of placing my hope in other people all on my own! 🙂 Generally, the context is dreams for the future (marriage is a big one!), but even expecting my Christian friends to be perfect and to keep me going has let me down many, many times in the past. Bottom line: people will fail, and my spiritual/emotional wellbeing does not depend on them.

    Had to say this too… as I read the verse at the top of the post (Psalm 62:5), I thought, “Hmm, great verse–and it’s pretty similar to the one I’ve kept coming back to these past months! I think I’ll share that one in the comments!” Well, a little further down, I saw you’d beaten me to Psalm 39:7 too–my *motto* of late. 🙂 So I’ll share from a third passage (which just happens to be another one of my favorites)… Much love to you and all the gals following this blog!

    “Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but Thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever” (Psalm 73:24-26).

    1. Thank you so much for sharing, Emily. I love hearing from my readers! Psalm 73 is a favorite of mine and one I had to meditate on the past year and a half… it’s such a comforting truth! 🙂

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