Hope In God Part 2 By Teresa Fields
Do you know that it is much better for you to hope in God than to be discouraged and disappointed? Each of us has a choice between having a hopeful outlook or being downcast and negative about life. To put your hope in God is defined as trusting with “confident expectation of good” in Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. When we expect the Lord to continuously bring good things into our lives, we stay full of hope. It is also based on the knowledge that God is good, and that He loves us. He does not cause us hurt and disappointment to make us need Him more. No loving father would inflict such things on his child. Disappointments are due to our own wrong expectations, poor choices, or the sinful actions of others toward us.
However, hope that comes from God does not disappoint us. When we seek Him about our situation and take refuge in His strength and provision for us, our hope in God becomes firmly established. He becomes our place of safety and comfort to dwell in. He can protect our hearts from being discouraged and dismayed when we daily choose to hope in Him. David prayed:
In You, O Lord, do I put my trust and seek refuge; let me never be put to shame or [have my hope in You] disappointed; deliver me in Your righteousness! (Psalm 31:1 Amplified)
In my experience, whenever I am thinking discouraging thoughts or feeling disappointed, the Holy Spirit reminds me to put my hope in God. He helps me recall a scripture or a time when the Lord was faithful to me. Paul the Apostle taught the church in Rome that “…hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Rom 5:5 ESV) God shows His Love for us by encouraging us to stay hopeful. His Spirit-the Spirit of Love Himself-works in our hearts to continue developing our ability to hope. But, we must cooperate with Him. We can give all of our concerns to Him and expect a good outcome.
King David depended on God daily to have hope and confidence. He said in Psalms 71:5, “For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust from my youth and the source of my confidence.” And because he continually hoped in God, he had reason to give Him praise. The more God answered his prayers and responded to his expectation of good, his joyful praise increased. In verse 14 he also said, “But I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more.” Hope causes the response of joy and praise in our hearts. The more you hope in God, the more joy you will have. Proverbs 10:28a teaches, “The hope of the righteous brings joy…” The righteous who put their hope in God are not disappointed, so we have everlasting joy!
Paul prayed for the church in Rome to have joy and peace as they believed in the Lord Jesus as their Savior. In Romans 15:13 he said, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” As we continue to believe in God and His promises to us, we are no longer disappointed, but we abound in hope! Paul calls our Heavenly Father the God of Hope. He sent His Son to redeem us and deliver us from a hopeless existence, bringing us into fellowship with Him. When we respond with believing His promises, the power of the Holy Spirit works to bring God’s Word to pass. The result is hope and joy abounding in our hearts.
My Hope IS In Him,