Hope is a fickle thing.
We put our hope in things that will die.
Things that will perish, get destroyed, and fade away.
We put our hope in things that are temporary.
The joy they bring us last a moment, then they become background noise.
The next big thing comes.
The next big event.
The next person.
Then we forget what once gave us joy moments before.
It begs the question…
Why do we hope in things that will fade away, die, or leave?
I hope for the right person one day.
I hope for wrongs to be righted.
I hope for my next steps in writing, ministry, and life to be successful.
But the more I hope,
The more I see,
Hope is a fickle thing.
So the question remains…
If deferred hope makes our heart sick, Why do we bother?
Heartsickness and Hope
We’re all heart sick.
We’ve all experienced the sickness inside caused by faulty expectations.
By longings that don’t seem like they’ll ever be fulfilled.
and nothing hurts worse than hope that’s deferred.
Yet, our faulty expectations tell us something beautiful about the condition of our own humanity…
We were created to be hopeful beings.
Our inner most person cries out for hope and clings to whatever makes us feel it.
When we begin to lose it, we tread down the dangerous waters of despondency, depression, and in severe cases suicide.
(P.S.A. Break : If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, or know someone who is, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. )
Hope looks for the right person.
Just like anxiety looks for the right person.
And when that person fails us,
We forget it’s power and out the window our every hope goes.
What do we believe will fulfill our longings?
Where do we place our hope?
(This is the point in my journal where I had to pause, think, and repent. Would you consider doing the same?)
Our Heavenly Father, being rich in love and mercy knows that we have the propensity to set our hopes on what is perishable. I’m thankful for his patience and love that looks beyond our foolish idolatry.
The things that bring us joy, and the things we hope for most in this life are incredibly temporary. They are all destine to fade or perish. Because we are designed to be hope-filled beings, the Father, being rich in love and mercy, through the work of the Holy Spirit brings us a new thing. A LIVING HOPE.
According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
How beautiful and kind it is
for God to give us new life.
To rescue us from temporary hope
into at hope that is imperishable.
How kind of the Father
to give us new life
and to lead us to repentance.
The same mercy and kindness that lead us to repentance
is the same mercy and kindness
that has caused us to be
into a living hope.
What needless anxiety and fear we often carry in light of this truth!
Because we have been born again into this Living Hope,
we have a reason to rejoice.
Yes, hope is a fickle thing…
when placed outside of the Living Hope.
when we place it outside of Jesus.
But when our hope is placed
in nothing less than Jesus,
Its capricious nature fades away.
Hope becomes our anthem.
when placed in Jesus,
Hope is the Anthem.
May you continue to re-direct our affections until our sole focus is in the Living Hope, Jesus.