When it’s Hard to Hope…

Sometimes it’s hard to hope for a miracle — it’s hard to believe in what God says when your reality seems so starkly dark, blurred, completely different. By nature, God is a promiser. He’s made a ton of them to His children.

A promise is the assurance that God gives to His people so they can walk by faith(hope) while they wait for Him to work. 

The Christian life would be easy now if the space in time is small between when you claim God’s promises and when you receive what He promised. Read it one day and get it the next. Wouldn’t that be great!? 

But life’s not like that.

The hard part is in the waiting between the promise and the answer; and even harder, when the waiting comes with uncertainties. 

Where’s this going? Where am I going to end up? What’s my future look like?

The reality is, we just don’t know and it’s this not-knowing that crushes us. We doubt because we don’t know. We worry and despair because we don’t know. We falter and sometimes fail – all because we don’t know. If only we knew how this trial was going to play out, we would be OK. But we don’t.

I can take a bad day. I can take a bad month. I can even take a bad year, if I have to, as long as I know how it will end up. For some of you it’s a health crisis. For another, it’s a question about your big moment. For someone else, it’s a restlessness in your soul. We all have areas of uncertainty where we need to hold on to what God has said. His promises are what we cling to while we wait for Him to work. Our Hope is in God. He knows what He has promised, He can’t lie, and He can’t forget. He will deliver on time, all the time.

Who else can make promises like that?

We see reflections of this same struggle in the Bible: Abraham and Sarah waiting for a son, Joseph waiting in prison, Moses waiting to reach the Promise Land, David waiting to be appointed king … or Jesus waiting for His ministry to begin.

How did they endure years of waiting?

11 It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed[b] that God would keep his promise (Hebrews 11:11) NLT

Another version says “She considered him faithful who had made the promise.” – (Hebrews 11:11) NIV

No matter the situation you find yourself in, you must choose to focus on the good, be hopeful. Focus on what is going right in your life. The devil often uses everything that is going wrong in our lives to make it seem like God is not working. But God is always at work in the lives of His Children. 

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalms 121:4)  

We serve a God that does not sleep. He does not miss a thing. Even while you are sleeping or waiting for your miracle and your enemies are awake doing mischief. God is up working the night shift on your behalf. He is fighting on your behalf. Despite what you may be facing today, examine the hand of God in your life. Don’t get me wrong, not everything in my life is going well but I am determined to Hold on to Hope.

Sometimes it helps to reflect on where God has brought you from. You’ve come along way; You’re still alive. You were sick he healed you. You were jobless but you have a good job now. It helps to count your blessings. Don’t allow other people’s progress in life to cause what God is doing for you to go unnoticed. We’re all different and move at a different pace. Be patient with yourself and stop being so hard on yourself. You are doing great, and God is greater than your struggle!

“Hold on to Hope of His faithfulness”

Stay Blessed, Always!

2 thoughts on “When it’s Hard to Hope…

    • Being patient with ourselves comes with knowing that our future is safe in the hands of God. So then I won’t beat myself up about it when I can’t buy a car at the age of 20 or live a flashy lifestyle at 25. I can trust that God in His own timing makes all things beautiful and will perfect all that concerns me. Take it a day at a time without comparing your path to that of others.

      I am so sorry for not replying this early enough.

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