“Keep your hopes up.” Ever heard this? Hope didn’t hold much weight to me. I was asking for greater faith.
After wrestling through the Word about hope I found the same phrase about hope repeated in Psalm 42:5, 11 and Psalm 43:5 — 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.
Hope seemed ethereal–even though Hebrews 6:19 says hope is an anchor to our souls–
He has given us both his promise and his oath, two things we can completely count on, for it is impossible for God to tell a lie. Now all those who flee to him to save them can take new courage when they hear such assurances from God; now they can know without doubt that he will give them the salvation he has promised them. 19 This certain hope of being saved is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls, connecting us with God himself behind the sacred curtains of heaven...Hebrews 6:18-19 TLB
So, I said to the Lord, “Hope seems to be a weak word to me.”
“No, hope is the first step in faith,” He said. “You’ve asked Me to change you and set you free in faith to follow Me. Hope starts you in that path. Look to Me in your weakness and know I am someone/something you can place your hope in.
Look at Me— not the thing you are hoping for. Look at Me, My nature, My character, My faithfulness. I am worthy of your hope.”
If what you are hoping for is something Abba has told you is ahead, then, press on in Hope–Faith is just before you. God speaks the end from the beginning – He already sees your outcome – to Him it is already done. 🙂
Jesus had God’s word about the outcome of the cross and was able to press on in faith.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-3
Because God is faithful and you are struggling with faith for something, but you have hope, you are on the right path. Keep going. ♥