Hope is the desire of something to be fulfilled in our life. Each one of us desires for something to happen in our life. In every stage of our life we have an ambition that we hope to come to fulfillment. When I was young, I just wanted to complete college and graduate. When I graduated, I hoped to find a good job. When I had the job, I hoped to be able to buy the things I like to have. I hoped to be able to provide for my family. When I was able to do that, another hope grew within me. I hoped to be married to a responsible man. When I was married, I hoped for a child. Hope is never absent in every phase of our life. Because we desire something, we hope for it to happen. But life does not magically give us what we hope for. Oftentimes, we need to work, strive, wait, pray, and keep hoping for it to come. There are times that we get disappointed because in reality there is no certainty in life. We hope for good things and hope for the best but we could not know for certain what tomorrow will bring. So, at times life bring disappointment. Hope is cut off by a grave news. Hope is despaired by a bad situation. In the end, we realize, this world does not guarantee hope in us. It can never assure us of a good future. There is only one hope that is enduring and assuring. That is, hope in God. David realize this for he said,
Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you. – Psalm 39:7 (WEB)
Only hope in God can satisfy our longing. Have you ever experienced a time when you felt tired of hoping? Have you ever experience of such a time when you almost quit hoping because the answer seemed to be an impossibility? Life gives those experiences to us. Those experiences of hope and disappointment taught us that there is nothing, absolutely nothing, in this world that is worth putting our hope upon because everything is temporary. It is futile to put our hope in temporary things. If you want to have a hope that endures, place your hope in something that is enduring. If you want a hope that overcomes setbacks and disappointments, put your hope in something that is strong. Put your hope in something that is certain. Therefore, the only answer to a hope that endures is to hope in God. Hoping in God does not mean that everything you hope for will be given to you. As a matter of fact, you will realize that there are things you hope for that God won’t give you. God is excellent in wisdom and perfect in love, so He alone knows what is best for you.
When you hope in God, you will still experience difficulties. Yet, you are able to endure. You are able to rejoice even in bad news. You are able to be still even in adversity because hoping in God lets you realize that all else is transient and only God remains sure. No matter the uncertainty of today and tomorrow, you know God is sure to meet you in your future and keep you secure. Your hope in God will keep you strong, joyful, patient, and persevering. You don’t lose heart (2 Corinthians 4:16) because when you hope in God, it makes you believe this deep within your heart,
Indeed surely there is a future hope, and your hope will not be cut off. – Proverbs 23:18 (WEB)