Christmas is literally right around the corner! Is everyone done shopping and all ready? Does anyone have anticipation as the day gets closer? Do you like giving the gifts or receiving them? What do you hope you get? What are you hoping the recipients of your presents reaction is? Or do you have any hope at all?
The bible is full of encouraging, life giving verses, but do you have hope? What is a promise of God you are hoping He fulfills one day? Or do you have any? Are we supposed to just hope in heavenly things or does God call us to hope in things on this earth too? What is hope anyway and how do we have it?
All of these questions began filling my mind as I prayed about this week’s post. A few years back, God shared with me a promise that I have a hard time hoping in, a difficult time believing in, and an extremely hard time trusting Him with. I know if He said it, it must be true, but that doesn’t change the fact that humans in general have a hard time entrusting the unseen to our Father, especially when it comes to the future.
The real definition of hope is looking forward to something in the future with at least some bit of expectation in receiving whatever it is. Today’s definition has changed a little in the sense that sometimes we may eat a bunch of sugar and carbs daily, hoping that it doesn’t make us gain weight. For example, holiday weight gain. *Grin* There are multiple promises in the bible, but do we hope in them? Do we hope God fulfills them? Are we looking forward to the day that He brings them to pass?
The promise God gave me was Psalm 37:4-5, Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord: trust also in him: and he shall bring it to pass.
As I wait for God to fulfill the biggest dream of my heart, that at this point I feel is completely impossible, God has challenged me to believe what He told me, to have faith He will fulfill it and recently, to hope in that promise. Our loving Father up in heaven knows what He’s doing and can see the whole picture. It baffles me, after all God has done for us, how we can one moment trust Him with everything we are, then turn around the next day and run from Him because we are afraid.
The Bible says God cannot lie and so therefore if He says something, it HAS to be true. My question to you is this:
In light of everything you know, and don’t know, is there a chance that maybe you can lay the promise God has given you at His feet, and let Jesus take care of it? Are you willing to take a leap of faith and trust Him to catch you, trust Him to take care of it?
I pray you are all able to Hope in Christ as this year comes to an end! But in the mean time, Merry Christmas and May God bless you!