When hope has faded…
On a recent women’s retreat my pastor’s wife spoke on hope. She said there are two kinds of hope. A hope where we look forward with desire for something. An earthly hope. And another hope in which we believe, desire, and expect something from God. A heavenly hope. Where does your hope lie?
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life – Proverbs 13:12
It’s through loss that we discover a greater hope. A hope that will not be shaken no matter how many disappointments we face in this life.
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him- Psalms 62:5
We live in a broken world. It’s inevitable not to experience the effects of its brokenness. Death of a loved one. Sickness. Chronic pain. Financial crisis. Despair. Depression. Fear. Loneliness. Busyness. Loss.
As we go through life we begin to realize how unimportant, even unfulfilling ‘things’ are and gradually we begin to place more importance, more value on the plans, desires, and dreams God has for us rather than the plans, desires, and dreams we’ve had for ourselves. When earthly hopes are tested, even destroyed, we become shaken and confused.
Does God allow our earthly hopes to fade in order for our eternal hope to brighten? I believe He does.
“Earthly hope is so uncertain that its larger part is often fear.” Alexander Maclaren
Earthly hope always falls short of what was anticipated but heavenly hope surpasses even the most enthralling anticipation.
Hope maketh not ashamed – Romans 5:5
I desire a hope that will not fade. A hope that instead redeems, delivers, and never fails. Trials and setbacks in life are not a punishment from God. There is glory in tribulation. When we accept that pain actually does have a purpose it’s easier to endure each season of life.
Let perseverance finish its work so you may be mature and complete – James 1:4
Our real hope is in God and it will never disappoint!