Over the course of the holiday season, God kept giving me a word to meditate on… hope. It’s a word that applies to all areas of my life. What is hope? What does it mean to you? I looked it up and here is what I found.
Hope: to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true…
And the full definition includes: to cherish a desire with anticipation, trust, to desire with expectation of obtainment, to expect with confidence.
Suddenly, a myriad of Bible versus came flooding into my mind. What a revelation! What a God-wink for me! I just love it when God speaks to me in such a loving way, and through a dictionary!
Hope is mentioned about 130 times in the NKJ version of the Bible. I guess God wanted to make sure we got the message. David and Job spoke so much of hope, and look how much each of them endured? The book of Proverbs speaks often of hope. And a favorite of many is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” But the one scripture that truly stuck out for me was,
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Not only does God offer us hope, He offers us joy and peace in finding it.
I have to confess, I have always struggled with thinking positive, truly setting my mind free to live the life God has always wanted. Sometimes being shackled by the fear of the unknown or my failures. It’s always been such a fight. Sometimes, it’s so hard to believe God wants to bless me and use me for His glory. I constantly disappoint Him in my sin nature. Do you ever feel that way? Over the years, because of certain seasons in my life, I often wonder if our family will finally overcome financial burdens, health issues, relationship issues, ect…
I feel overwhelmed sometimes at the thought of even trying to overcome certain things. It can be exhausting.
Then God reminds me that I can’t do this all by myself. That’s why He sent His Son and then the Holy Spirit. I often mediate on the verse, 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” And then there’s 1 Corinthians 3:16, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” He never designed life to be that way for me or for anyone.
These promises give me hope!
I don’t have to do it by myself! I don’t have to carry these burdens! I am such a stubborn, independent and prideful person. Hmmm, maybe that’s why it has taken so long to hear His sweet message of hope for my life? This past year, I have sensed a new beginning in my life. And I know it starts spiritually, connecting with God like I have never done before.
By leaning and resting in Him, I am now achieving things (in small baby steps), I have never accomplished before.
Things aren’t happening overnight, but they are happening in a slow constant pace. I am so grateful and excited to see what God has in store for me and my family. I am excited to see how HE is going to use us for His glory.
As the new year approaches, where is your hope? Do you even have hope for the coming year? Your future? What are you excited about in the coming year? Would you like to share your hopes or struggles? Please feel free to share here or if you need prayer. I would love to pray for you! You are not alone 🙂
Love in Christ,