Hope is a feeling or expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Hope is more than wishing. Biblical hope for a believer in Jesus is all about the expectation. Hope is necessary to live a healthy full life. Life can be hard. Situations and people have the ability to wear us out.
“You were tired out by the length of your road,
Yet you did not say, ‘It is hopeless.’
You found renewed strength, Therefore you did not faint.
If we have hope, we have strength. If we have hope, we have an expectation of something good or a coming change for the better.
Seven Hope Drainers (Real life circumstances that take away or stifles our hope?)
- Health Problems and Disease
- Financial problems
- Marriage problems
- Spiritual Attacks
Each one of these are real life circumstances that have the potential to drain us of hope leaving us in a state of hopelessness. What does it mean to be hopeless? Hopeless is feeling despair. Remember that hopeless should never be a life reality for the true believer in Christ. All of these real life circumstances can temporarily knock us down from a high level of hope, but they should never be able to keep us there. Hope or the lack of hope will affect our life. Look at these two verses from Jeremiah.
“Keep your feet from being unshod And your throat from thirst;
But you said, ‘It is hopeless!
No! For I have loved strangers, And after them I will walk.’
“But they will say, ‘It’s hopeless!
For we are going to follow our own plans,
and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’
Did you notice what those who say they are hopeless do?
Jeremiah 2:25 says they walk after strangers. How many times as a parent did I warn my children against talking to strangers, against going with strangers. Strangers represented people who were not trustworthy. They weren’t a part of our family or a part of our trusted circle. Strangers could not be trusted because a stranger could take you places you did not want to go and cause you to do what you do not want to do. Strangers could be very dangerous.
Jeremiah 18:12 points out a different problem for the one who says they are hopeless. These follow their own ways and their own heart. Isn’t that the message of the world today?
- Go your own way.
- Do your own thing.
- To each his own.
- Follow your heart.
The problem is the condition of the human heart apart from Christ.
The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately wicked; Who can know it?
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.
Truly our heart apart from Christ is no safer than a stranger whom we do not know. Therefore we must set our hope on the only One who is trustworthy and true. Jesus Christ is our only safe place to set our heart, our mind, our ways, and our hope.
Seven benefits of setting our hope in the Lord.
Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart,
all you who hope in the Lord.
- His Attention
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
on those who hope in His mercy.
- His help
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.
Psalm 42:5, 11 and 43:5
- Mercy and Redemption
O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is mercy,
and with Him is abundant redemption.
Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
whose hope is in the Lord his God.
- God’s pleasure in us
The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
in those who hope in His mercy.
Dear sister, set your hope in Jesus. His benefits are with the one who sets their hope in Him.
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.