Day Six: Hope
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12
This verse ministers to humankind profoundly because it acknowledges the heartsickness we all feel at some point when we feel betrayed by hope. After our first experience with this, we start hearing phrases like “realistic expectations,” “don’t get your hopes up,” and “we’ll see what happens,” come out of our mouths. There is some wisdom in these catch phrases that surround our attempts to avoid the downcast heart, but we must not forsake hope altogether.
Hebrews 6:19 reminds us that the hope we find in God is what anchors our soul. In this world, without that hope, we can be tossed from heartbreak to heartbreak, but our hope in Christ is where we stand firm and secure.
God, I can’t help but feel disappointed, and I realize it’s because I have hopes that have not been met. However, I know you are the giver of all good gifts, and you also know the perfect timing for all things. Help me to trust you, to believe in the things I have not yet seen, and hope for what is to come. Let me never forget that is the hope that I have through Christ Jesus that anchors my soul in dry times, stormy times, and even in the best of times. I know I need hope within me to remain alive and active. Give me the courage to risk hoping for you to move, for you to redeem, and for you to do more than I can ask for or imagine. In Jesus name, Amen
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