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Where to Find Hope for Living

but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:31

As Christians, we are never without hope. Sometimes our circumstances can be so bleak we lose sight of that reality.

Normally, we think of hope as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. It’s usually associated with a little doubt like when you say:

“I hope the loan goes through.”

“I hope I get a bonus this year.”

“I hope my husband will help me clean the house.”

Notice that in each of those scenarios hope has an object: Your bank, employer. and husband. Each is capable of fulfilling your desire, but until it happens, you can’t be entirely sure.

By the way, we sometimes use that same tenuous hope with God. “I hope God answers my prayer.” “I hope God heals my sickness.” We know He can. But we wonder if He will.

God only answers when we pray in His will. There’s nothing wrong with ending a prayer with, “If it be Thy will.” But He’s going to answer according to His will whether we invoke that disclaimer or not.

God sees our problems, wants, and desires as a bigger picture than what we can see. He sees the implications of that thing you’re asking for. Ultimately, it may not be part of His plan, or it may not be in your best interest.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15

In Matthew 21:22, Jesus taught that we should pray expectantly. “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

So which is it? Pray in God’s will or pray expectantly? The answer is “BOTH.”

Hoping and trusting in the Lord is praying expectantly with the confidence He will always act within our best interest and according to His plan.

As parents we don’t give our children everything they ask for. Of course, we’re limited on funds, but more importantly, we try never to give them anything that would harm them.

Sometimes they go against our will and pay the price. My oldest son wanted a motorcycle. That was a no-brainer for me and Janet. “Not on our watch.” Well, once he was grown and gainfully employed, Sean bought a bike. A few days after his purchase, he wrecked it. Fortunately, he wasn’t seriously injured. Recently, his son announced he wanted a motorbike. Guess what? Sean said “no.”

God always acts in our best interest.

Which brings us back to our focus text that has to do with hope in the Lord. “… but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Is it God’s will to renew our strength? Is it His will that we soar above our circumstances, run and not grow weary, and walk without becoming faint? That’s what His word says. Therefore it is absolutely true. In His perfect timing, according to His perfect plan, and out of His unwavering love for you and me, God will reward our hope.

We received a part of the promise when we were saved. Current and future withdrawals can be made as needed. And ultimately, we will experience the complete fulfillment of this glorious promise in His heaven. The Lord is our hope for living. That IS His will.

For more on this topic, check out this article: Battling Depression God’s Way

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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