My hope is in you, God
I am steadfast, I will not be moved
All my hope is in you
Hope. We sing the song “Hope’s Anthem” by William Matthews often at church. We are fast approaching the Christmas season where the word hope is tossed around quite a bit. And yet, we also find that depression is more common during this season than others. So even though we talk about hope, some people don’t have it. I will admit that this year as we head into Christmas that I am not overly hopeful. I looked up the word in a Bible dictionary and found that it means a confident expectation – to trust in, wait for, look for, or desire something or someone; or to expect something beneficial in the future. Hmmm… So now I know what it is.
I continued digging and found this on LifeHack.org “Doctors know that hope affects our ability to heal. Hopeful patients have higher levels of dopamine, endorphins and other neurochemicals which promote wellbeing and the energy for living”. This could explain why I am still in so much pain and have little enthusiasm for life. So now I know why it’s so important.
This same article said that one way to build hope was to develop hopeful relationships. Not being a Christian blog, she was referring to people. Build relationships with hopeful people. Perhaps that’s the problem. Most of the people I encounter daily are not overly hopeful. I’m going to have to go out of my way to find these hopeful people. So now I know one way to build hope.
One thing they all agreed upon was that hope was not wishful, pie in the sky thinking. I read this on Bible.org “… a biblical hope is not an escape from reality or from problems. It doesn’t leave us idle, drifting or just rocking on the front porch. If our hope is biblical and based on God’s promises, it will put us in gear”. So now I know that hopes needs to be built on something more reliable than my wishes. It needs to be based on God’s promises. Hope based on His promises will move me out of a complacent funk to a purposeful state of mind. When my hope is in Him, I am steadfast, as the song says. No matter what comes my way, I will not be shaken or moved. So now I have an action plan – hang out with hopeful people and keep God’s promises before me. I hopeful, I think I can do this.
My hope can only be built on You and Your character. All else is shifting sand like the song says. I have stood on the beach and felt my feet sink into the sand as the tide rose and fell and I know I don’t want to be washed away by everything or just anything that flows my way. I want my hope to be built on the more solid ground of Your word. I will keep my eyes on You and trust You to place hopeful people in my path and cause me to be a hopeful person to them. I ask in Your wonderful name. Amen.
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