Hope creates action, endurance, strength, restoration, and faith.
Sometimes in the middle of winter, I feel a grey cloud hanging over me, a tiredness from the damp dark days. I start sleeping a little more and slow way down. If I don’t pay attention, I begin to take on the seasonal blahs. The happy thought that warm sunshine weather is around the corner reminds me not to dwell on the dark side.
Hope dispels the stagnancy. Hope creates action.
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It has the power to drive us forward and encourages us out of a funk.
In the same way that the sun dispels the grey, the presence of hope for good things to come in our lives drives away the colorless depressing thoughts, and helps us see through trouble.
Hope sees past the wall that is there and places a door or window in our view, and says “Go on, you can do it.”
We will endure all kinds of trouble when we are sustained by the belief that things will get better.
Hope creates endurance.
Think about that.
The belief that things will get better helps us endure.
Hope is expectation, trust; the presence of the belief that things will get better.
There’s a bible verse that says “hope deferred makes the heart sick,” and heartsick is not how we want to walk through difficult seasons. We are weakened when we lose hope. We slow down and stop trying.
Hope creates strength.
Contrast heartsick with the strength and energy that hope gives!
We are less likely to give up if we can see the end in sight. Hope means there is something to look forward to.
Instead of saying, “Nothing I do matters,” hope reminds us that we matter, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
The presence and power of hope is absolutely vital for us to persevere.
The best part is that there are times when hope is so powerful, we don’t even see the difficulties anymore, and when that happens, we have stumbled into our season of faith.
Hope creates faith beyond our present circumstance.
Look down the road and be encouraged, because faith is the substance, the presence of things hoped for.
What would you hope for, if you could hope for anything?
What hope, what longing fulfilled would be worth your time, your faith? Your energy?
Barefoot and writing,
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord