Hope in

If I hope that I will have a good life, that I will be healthy, that I will get the job, that everything will turn out ok.  Hope seems like a good thing. To be hopeful – a positive way of being. But is it? If my hope is grounded in those hoped outcomes, what happens when those hopes don’t come to pass? Should I get back on the hope bandwagon and hope some more – but harder this time, with more focus? Or will I hope for something new?  Is life made up of endless “hopes”? Some fulfilled and some not… One finishes and another one starts – keeping us attentive and ever-receptive to hope’s possibility and yet anxious in the uncertainty.

In contrast, hope in God grounds, anchors and settles me. Pulling me into this very moment with Him, not allowing me to be distracted with somewhere/something/someone over there or in a time, when…

Instead, I am comforted, reminded that biblical hope is never dependent on man – it can surpass the seemingly impossible. Worry and anxiety fall away despite the unknown, despite the uncertainty and in its place, peace ascends. And it doesn’t make sense, but there it is. Hope in God.

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“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬
https://www.bible.com/116/rom.15.13.nlt

This post was inspired by a talk on “Hope” by Dr Michael Frost, Edge Kingsland

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