Dare To Hope

The other day I was in one of those big make-up and beauty stores. (With five daughters, you can imagine that we spend a lot of time there!) I was walking through the aisles looking for the perfect shade of pink lipstick, when I saw it. The answer to all of my problems. Hope In A Jar! Can you imagine? Oh, if only it were that easy. Just open up a jar, and you have hope.

But it got me thinking. What does the Bible say about hope?

Job 11:18a ~ Having hope will give you courage.

Psalm 71:5a ~ O Lord, you alone are my hope.

Romans 15:13 ~ I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Next, I looked up the definition of hope.  -to believe, desire, or trust

                                                                           -to expect with confidence

                                                                           -to believe there’s a positive future or outcome

Then I realized, we’ve been doing it wrong. When we say that we are hoping for something, do we really believe there will be a positive outcome? I hope I can pay my bills. I hope this sickness goes away. I hope I can find a job. And so on…. We say hope, but what we’re really saying is ~ I want it to happen, but it probably won’t.

Lamentations 3:21,22 says ~ Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.

In just a few days we will be surrounded by kids that need to know that God loves them. That no matter what happens or where life takes them, they always have hope. That hope is Jesus. This is God’s promise for them. For us.

So are you up for the challenge? Can you do it? Can you believe there’s a positive future for you? Can you trust God? Can you expect with confidence that He has good things for you? Will you dare to hope?

Stephanie Saum