For You are my hope, O Lord God…
We all have hopes and dreams in life. We expect that the goals we set for ourselves will work out exactly as we plan. Sometimes they do, and we can celebrate our accomplishments. But sometimes life gets in the way of our best laid plans. We go through the motions. We get up every day, go to work and take care of our families. Somehow those hopes and dreams that we started out with get left behind and begin to slowly fade away. When this happens, we’re left wondering, is this all there is in life.
Like most of you, I’ve had my hopes and dreams crushed under the weight of life’s demands. A few years ago I set out to accomplish a huge life goal of mine. I put everything I had into it. I truly believed that it would change my career and my family’s future. I was so invested in it, both financially and emotionally. But no matter how hard I worked, it just didn’t happen. I was devastated and became disillusioned with the work I was doing. I felt like a complete failure. I had let my family and myself down and I couldn’t understand what I had done wrong.
But the problem wasn’t in the work I was doing or the amount of time I had invested into it. The problem was who I was counting on to see that project through. I was relying on myself and my own abilities instead of relying on God. Thankfully, we don’t serve a God who is uncaring or unfeeling. He understands how we feel when the hopes and dreams we have for ourselves fall flat. He knew how much I was depending on this career change, how much I had built it up in my mind and how terrible it felt to see it fail.
When we put our hope in ourselves we are trusting in our own ability to make something happen. We are essentially saying to God, “I don’t need you, I can do it on my own.” When we start down the path of thinking that we don’t need God we are setting ourselves up for a fall. We deny ourselves the opportunity to see the goodness of God’s plan if we don’t surrender ourselves to it. And we miss out on all of the blessings He has in store for us.
The solution to my problem was simple. I needed to put my hope and trust in God and what He wanted for me.
Hope in God is different from hope in ourselves. It is grounded in His truth and faithfulness to us. It is a concrete confidence in God’s ability to make His will for our life happen. When we surrender ourselves to God’s will and put our hope in Him, we no longer need to rely on our abilities. We can trust that God has our best future in mind and He will lead us into it.
When I began to put my hope in God, He led me in a completely new direction. A direction full of opportunities to serve Him that I never thought were possible. It may be a different life than what I had planned, but it is a better life than I could ever imagine.
As Christians, our hope is not in ourselves or in material things. It is in the firm foundation of our faith. We have a loving Father who is faithful to us. He is always willing to hear us when we cry out to Him, support us when we seek His will and give us hope for the future. Put your hope in Him and He will show you the way!
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