Darkness is daunting, defeat is deafening and brokenness bankrupts us of the strength to go on. As life happens, so much is thrown in our direction, from all sides and it becomes overwhelming. Be it the loss of a loved one, unemployment, relationship and marriage issues, and many more unimaginable things that may have happened to you or those close to you, it becomes easy to lose sight of what you once thought was possible in the future. In the wreckage of pain and despair, we might feel entirely justified as we adopt a hopeless view of our life.

This is easy to do since at the moments, no options seem viable, no move seems worth taking. Our mind constantly interrogates every resort we make and steadily utters to us with a resounding claim, “Nothing will change, therefore, it’s not worth it.” And just like that, we are sold to the idea that whatever we decide, nothing worthwhile will come out of it. It’s like pushing against a wall, your time and energy is spent, but nothing really happens

A surge of uncertainty

Normally, when we refer to hope, we assume the position of uncertainty rather than certainty. We use the hope to speak of the resounding uncertainty that dwells from within us. “I hope I make it on time, I hope I get the job, I hope my business idea works out” and so many other things we say to others and to ourselves. This becomes an expression of doubt and disbelief. We do not have a steady claim or promise to make, especially to ourselves.

Hope is like a reservoir for emotional strength

A different kind of hope

Biblically, a key element of hope is confidence. Not just any confidence, but deep-seated and valid confidence in God. Looking through scripture, we see the confidence in God and His promises to His people. We see Abraham choose to focus on hope, in the event that God asks him to leave his homeland, and at the time God asks him to sacrifice his only son. Hannah remains hopeful through barrenness to the point of Eli, the priest, calling her a drunkard. The apostles remain steadfast in their hope of the promise after Christ’s ascension, to the point of death. The people of God are called the people of hope.

Biblical hope is based on the character of our will and the promise of God, which is an expression of His character. Biblical hope looks away from man to the promise of God. Hope then becomes an important part of our faith, according to Hebrews 11:1. Take away hope and this definition of faith is distorted.

Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see. -HEBREWS 11:1 (GNB)

It’s about time

Humanity derives great strength and courage from hope, which is like a reservoir for emotional strength. Hope does not promise a quick fix to all the pain, brokenness, and loss. This would be absurd or in other words, magic. Here is what hope does; it promises that change is possible and goes on further to promise that this change is surely coming. So, it’s about time we built our hope on the right foundation, one that gives a sure promise of the future. A promise built on love and grace, which powerfully ignites our faith in who God is, to us, and for us.

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