Holy Hope

Has your hope ever disappointed you?  Perhaps something did not work out the way you were hoping: a business deal fell through; a relationship headed south; perhaps sickness started testing the outer edges of your fitness plan.  When our hope disappoints us, we can be sure of one thing: we have the wrong hope.

Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.  (Romans 5:5)

This “holy hope” never disappoints because God never disappoints.  God never disappoints because He is not only the giver of this hope, He is the God of hope.  Now, we need to be careful in our understanding of a hope that does not disappoint, because we sometimes do not get what we are hoping for and we find ourselves disappointed.  When we do, we can be assured of this: our hope was not a holy hope, rooted in what God wants for us.  It was rooted in what we wanted, when we wanted it, and God was gracious to halt our hope. 

Perhaps what we were hoping for was God’s purpose and plan for our lives . . . but just not within the time frame we were hoping for it to occur.  Sometimes a holy hope requires patience and perseverance—trusting in God’s timing and not ours.  God knows what is best for us and when is the best time for the realization of our hope.

Here are just a few examples of a holy hope that could not disappoint:

  • Abraham hoped for decades for a son; God knew best when to deliver him.
  • Moses hoped for decades for the Israelites to be freed; God knew best when to free them.
  • Simeon hoped for decades for the Savior to arrive; God knew best when to send Him.

God always knows what is best for His people and His plan is always perfect.  That is why His hope never disappoints, because His hope cannot be denied or derailed.  When our hope is in Him, our hope is certain to happen.  The writer of Lamentations knew this well: “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,” he wrote, “to the one who seeks him” (Lamentations 3:25). 

When we are seeking God, our hope is a holy hope and we can be assured it will one day happen exactly as God has planned it to happen.  Think back to something you were hoping for that God finally made happen.  How did you feel?  Did you think that the time of waiting was wasted?  Of course not!  God’s timing is perfect, and He is perfecting our patience and perseverance.  Hope is not merely a good thing; it is absolutely necessary for one to live on this side of the grave. 

Years ago I read something that stuck with me: a man can live a few weeks without food . . . a few days without water . . . a few minutes without air . . . but not for a single second without hope!

What have you been hoping for lately?  If it is a holy hope—rooted in Jesus regardless of what your current circumstances may look like—the darkness of your seemingly hopeless night will, in God’s perfect timing and in God’s generous way, be followed by the hope-filled light of day. 

This is the Gospel.  This is grace for your race.  NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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