Do you know what hope is? Did you know that hope is a feeling of expectation and desire? For instance, many of us view hope in different ways: I hope I pass my courses this semester. I am going for my yearly physical at the doctor’s, and I hope all my tests come back ok. I sure hope someday I can make enough money to buy a house. Or I hope I can find Mr. or Mrs. Right eventually. Hope is not a throw of the dice! Hope does not skip around from person to person. Hope is not some statistical equation on a graph where every third person gets to capture their dreams.
Did you know that God is the God of HOPE? God did not say, “Well, I hope when I create light that it becomes light.” He said, “Let there be light”… and there was! God desired and expected there to be light, and there most certainly was. I believe there are two types of hope: God’s kind of hope, which is for absolute certainty that my desires will come to pass, and then there is man-made hope. Man-made hope is wanting to believe something will happen but not sure it will ever come to pass. I would much rather have the God kind of hope.
I want to be able to hope with certainty. Romans 15:13 says May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. If you have no hope in your heart, then expect nothing. Hope is designed to strengthen anyone who believes. Hope produces the desires you are searching for because you have the confidence that it will happen.
Hope is such an essential desire to us that it affects us emotionally, mentally, and physically. Dale Carnegie, famous for teaching self-improvement courses and public speaking, once said, “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Hope has to be enough when you go through something terrible. What choice do you have to move forward? Hope is the only hope you have.
Proverbs 13:12 says hope deferred makes the heart feel sick. Hope can be funny too. You can hope for the best, and when things happen the way you wanted, it can be a great feeling. Hope can help you when things are not going well too, because it can turn into more hope. In Matthew 17:20, Jesus said, “Because you have so little faith. Truly, I tell you, if you have faith like a mustard seed grain, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
You cannot have hope without faith. Hope and faith are interchangeable beliefs we have. One occurs in the now and the other in the future. Faith is happening in the NOW and a belief in something or someone. Hope is happening in the FUTURE with an expectation that some good events will occur. There is a difference between hope and a wish. Wishes are from or mind. Have you ever heard the saying wishful thinking? Hope comes from our hearts.
I believe hope is the pure delight of our soul. If you have no hope, the darkness sets in, and you become sick. Remember, hope is light. If the lights go out and darkness sets in, it is like cutting off the oxygen you breathe and eventually dying. Your brain recognizes hope. In a study conducted by Chinese psychologists, they have discovered that hope protects the brain against anxiety. According to an article in Big Think, scientists are finding out just where hope functions in our minds. Neuroscientists are starting to realize that hope pumps out select chemicals in your brain that mimic morphine. This means that hope can help heal and have a better recovery.
You see, hope is real and part of man’s anatomy. Hope is the light and life of our souls. It taps right in with our main reasons for being, and I call it living HOPE. Hal Lindsey, a popular Bible teacher, once said, “Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air…but only for one second without hope.” Hope does not leave you, but be careful because if something bad happens, whether it is a failure of love, health, happiness, or death, human nature tends to make you forget your desires and become bitter, sad, afraid, and then you stop hoping and believing. Martin Luther King Jr said, ‘Only in the darkness can you see the stars. His quote means that you have to go through some hardships to happiness your dreams.’
The are several ways we can stay hopeful. I do not lump all my hope together. I have hope for different things in my life. I hope my family stays healthy and happy. I hope life always stays good, and I hope I help people even if it is just one person by successfully stretching their faith and challenging them to have the confidence to wake up every day happy.
You need SPIRITUAL strength for hope. My Moto is Hope Big, Pray Strong! Sometimes my hopes and dreams require more praying and believing that God already has it taken care of for me. I have had things happen in my life where all I had was hope. Praying to God for his help and faithfully knowing and believing he would answer my prayers comforted me enough to stay strong and hopeful. Remember, God, views hope with certainty.
You need EMOTIONAL strength for hope too. Some of my hopes and dreams require me to be positive and set goals for myself. Do not set your expectation too high for failure and defeat. Your goals should be like stepping stones on a fast current river. Once your feet are grounded on one rock, be happy for a minute that you got there then leap to the next rock. But do not expect to take one big leap across the river and not fall in that is called false hope. That is when you lose hope, which brings failure.
You need PHYSICAL strength for hope. Look for meaning in your life. “They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” ― Tom Bodett –
I hope I have given you hope to hope!
My motto is: Strong Girls who pray together stay together!