If you follow me on Instagram, you’d know my primary ministry is in there. Every Wednesday for the month of May, we’ve been doing a word study on HOPE. I believe God gave that word specific for this season, to keep propelling our hearts to HOPE in HIM, and there is HOPE in HIM.
I thought I’d share it with you today, a round up of all the 3 posts I shared.
I saw this quote many years ago with the words “prisoner of hope” and immediately something in me related to it. Every time I am so ready to give up, I could not. Even when it is the most impossible situation, or when no one else would believe with me anymore, I still hope against hope.⠀ . ⠀ I remember the day my dad passed away. Even after the CPR the doctors gave to him failed, I remembered hugging his lifeless body and telling Jesus “you can still revive him Jesus like you did with Lazarus. But not my will, but yours.” I remember feeling absurd but sure of the words I prayed. I was still hopeful, even after a loved one’s death.⠀ ⠀ .
Do you feel the same way? When everyone else has given up, but you still find yourself hoping and hoping and hoping?⠀ ⠀ OR maybe you feel the opposite? What are you feeling discouraged about today? Is the pandemic causing you to lose all hope that life will ever be okay? Do you find yourself becoming more negative by the minute?⠀ ⠀ . Hey sister, I want to encourage you today never give up hope! Make a decision and choose hope! Choose to find the good in the ugly, to find Jesus in every circumstance. Like Dr. Cornel West said in his speech, he is not an optimist, because if you’re an optimist, there is still some sufficient evidence why you can choose to be positive. But hope is different. It’s the even if you don’t see a way out, but you keep hoping. That’s the trust we have in Jesus! He is your hope.⠀ ⠀ .
Zechariah 9:12 in the NIV reads “Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you”. The Message version calls out, “Come home, hope-filled prisoners!”.
The Bible declares us to be “hope-filled”, and I declare it now over you as well. He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it. He is trustworthy. He promises to restore to you, twice more, a double portion. I encourage you to receive this hope, receive His promises. We might not know what tomorrow brings, but we know who is there waiting for us. That is a hope-filled truth, do you agree? ❤️❤️
Do you ever feel like you’re always in the state of waiting? Waiting for breakthrough. Waiting for provision. Waiting for a better job. Waiting for reconciliation. Or just you know, a better life?… All this talk of waiting leaves the heart feeling hopeless. .
Hopelessness “makes your heart sick. Discouragement. Despair. Absence of any joy. Nothing gives you pleasure. Nothing gives you joy. A friend trying to get your mind off your pain can put a smile on your face only as long as they sustain the effort. As soon as they depart, the gloom washes quickly back in to your soul. Some call it depression. Others call it grief…” (Hopeline) .
The question remains, how do we keep HOPE alive in the midst of disappointments? .
What Bible stories can teach us about HOPE? Abraham and Sarah waited 25 years for Isaac, the promised son. If they could wait for a looong time… we can do it! .
The Israelites waited 400 years for God to deliver them from slavery in Egypt. Even after leaving Egypt, they had to wait further before God brought them to the Promised land. .
The Psalmist cried to himself, “Why so downcast o my SOUL? Put your HOPE in GOD.” That’s the answer, isn’t it? To put our HOPE in GOD, not ourselves, not the promised son, the promised land or whatever else is “promised” for you. .
The truth is, even when we get the thing we hope for so much, it will not be as satisfying as we expected it to be. Perhaps it gives you a satisfaction for a bit, but it won’t last long, the process yet starts again! Charles Wagner then says, “Or we can long for God and He will be the tree of life for us!” .
What’s common between Abraham, the Israelites and the Psalmist? Their hope was based on the faithfulness of God. If we realize that God is who we are longing for all along, it will save us a lot of time and wasted energy, wouldn’t it? Honestly though, nothing is wasted in waiting, darling. Keep waiting in hope that God will turn up. Wait patiently for Him. Hope confidently in Him. He is even with you as you wait. The truth is waiting draws you closer to Him- the One who matters most. What is it you are waiting for? Or rather, are you waiting in God?
The Biblical meaning of “hope” in Hebrew and Greek relates to “waiting” and “expectation”. Waiting for what?
Can you relate to the waiting?
Right now, have you ever felt like you’re just waiting for all of this to be “over” or “back to normal”? Even before the Covid pandemic, we were already in a place of “always hoping for something better”. No matter what position you hold in life, rich or poor, man or woman, black or white, we have this longing in our hearts for something better.
The Biblical hope is not dependent on situations or positions, but in a person. “What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.” (1 Peter 1:3-5 MSG) I pray we begin to look and search for the WHO and not the what’s or what if’s. Who we can depend on is Jesus. ❤️❤️❤️