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How do I define “Hope”?

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Hope2What does the word “hope” mean to you? Most people think of it to mean “wishful thinking.” We use this word so casually, without thinking much about it. “I hope it doesn’t rain on Saturday”; “I hope I get a raise soon”; “I hope the Broncos make it to the playoffs.”
When we use this short, yet powerful word in this way, it dilutes its true meaning. I’m not suggesting we eliminate this particular usage, but I would like us to consider the deeper meaning of it: how God views it. As I was reflecting on God’s perspective on hope, I found something in God’s Word that stood out to me. In Psalms 42:5 and 42:11 and 43:5 the wording was almost identical.
 

Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance.

I really started to think about how important God deems hope when our souls are in turmoil and everything seems to be caving in around us. Have you ever been there? Or maybe you’re there now. In the midst of our storms, when things are tumultuous, we are to put our hope in God, and praise Him. As our soul longs for His face to shine upon us, we are to praise Him. Praise Him? How can I praise God when I’m going through this? I can barely make it through the day, so how am I to praise God? Maybe you can relate to what Job says:

“What strength do I have, that I should still hope?
What prospects, that I should be patient?”
– (Job 6:11)

 

Desperate for God

There was a time in my life that I found myself desperate for God. My soul wasn’t just disquieted in me, it was screaming. God desired to bring healing to my heart for the years of abuse I endured growing up. Could I trust God to walk with me through the healing process? Could I put my hope in God and have faith that He was bringing wholeness to my heart? Even when I heard voices of doubt, I knew deep down that I still had hope. I knew I couldn’t put my hope in earthly things, but I trusted and put my full hope in Jehovah-Rapha, God my healer. With that seed of hope, and as I watered and cared for it with praise, my faith was strengthened. In worship and adoration I believed God’s Word:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
– Jeremiah 29:11

 

Worship the Creator

Worship and praise Him in song, in written and spoken words, in art, or just be still. It touches God’s heart when His children put their hope in Him and come to a place where they completely and totally surrender to Him.

So if this is a season of storms in your life right now, I want to encourage you to put your hope in God and praise Him.

 

Laurel Laurel Block is a native of Alaska but moved to Colorado in 1990. She brings a message of life and hope through God’s healing and redemptive work in her life to women’s groups, church congregations, and to those in youth detention centers.

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  • Cathy

    Beautiful, powerful, and true. Praise God for healing you of past hurts!


  • Keith

    Thank you for bringing the word “hope” into a more meaningful and deeper insight. Although I grew up in the church all of my life, the true understanding of “hope” didn’t come to light until just a few years ago. I agree that the word “hope” has been diluted when it is used so much in our vocabulary for somewhat simple ideas and desires. It is always good to be reminded of the truth and that our real Hope is in Christ Jesus.

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