Is Hope Enough?

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Todays passage:

Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence. Psalm 42:5

I enjoy words.  A word that has been headed my way a lot lately is the word ‘hope.” Hope is an interesting word. It is defined as:

hope |hōp |noun

a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen: a person or thing that may help or save someone:  grounds for believing that something good may happen: 

archaic a feeling of trust.verb  wanting something to happen or be the case

PHRASES

hope against hope, hope for the best hope, hope springs eternal (in the human breast), in hopes of, in hopes that, not a hope ( in hell )

Isn’t that interesting?  Not a hope in hell.

I see that as saying, “Without Christ - we have no hope.  None.”

I use the word “hope” so lightly at times.

I often say, “I hope so” to things both important and insignificant.

I don’t think of the different definitions of the word.

I can hope that that it won’t rain.

Or … I can place my hope in Christ.

To me - that “hope” in Christ equates with trust.

And trust is hard for me.  I know it goes back a long, long way into my childhood.  It’s hard for me to trust people.  

It’s been hard for me to trust God.

I’m learning.  But it seems to be a slow process.

I’ve not really put “hope” and “trust” in the same family.

I’m seeing that, in the deeper sense, they are very, very closely related.

So, how do you handle “hope” if you have trust issues?

I feel as if God is asking me, “Do you believe, deni?  Do you really, really believe?  Or do you only hope that something good *might* happen?

"And, what would your life look like if you believed, beyond a shadow of a doubt that you could trust me?”

Have you ever wondered the same thing?

What if we could overflow with hope and trust?  What would our lives look like today?

Today’s prayer:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

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