“God can do nothing for me until I recognize the limits of what is humanly possible, allowing Him to do the impossible.” –Oswald Chambers, The Delight of Despair
I’ve had an analogy in my head that when things overwhelm me, I’m wearing a big backpack. And when I can’t begin to see a way out of the problems that cripple me, I envision throwing them all in this backpack that I carry around. Yet, the problem with the backpack imagery, is that I’m still carrying it. Things I’ve wanted to be rid of – fear, worry, anxieties – are still over me. I would love to just drop off my backpack of troubles, kick it off a dock, or leave on someone’s else’s porch.
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” –Winston Churchill
Instead of drop-kicking the backpack of problems to the sidewalk, I should open the backpack, and gaze into the bag. Sorting through our difficulties causes pain, sadness and many times we’re left with a feeling of hopelessness.
Hope is defined as: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen, or
trusting that something will happen. When we choose to believe possibilities instead of failures our hearts adhere to it, our actions follow.
“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus’ name” –Cornerstone, Hillsong Worship
God sent his son Jesus, to save the world – (not judge, debate, or divide it)- but to save it. We needed saving yes, but right now we need hope. Looking at the last 7 months of 2020, we could use a serious dose.
If God is our secure source of hope, then I can confidently hope in what he says. Furthermore, I can dump my hopelessness off with him.
“And the fame of his name will birth hope among the people.” – Matthew 12:21 TPT
“God, the one and only- I’ll wait as long as he says. Everything I hope for comes from him, so why not? He’s solid rock under my feet, breathing room for my soul. An impregnable castle; I’m set for life.” –Psalm 62:5 (MSG)
I hope one day my life will look like _____. I hope my kids will be respectful citizens. I hope our world will find harmony. I hope this pandemic ends. As there’s no guarantee in our hopes, hope, faith and trust go hand in hand. I can turn my worries into hope, into prayers. Believing that all these things will happen.
Let’s feel our moments of hopelessness, then choose otherwise. Our pathways to joy lie in our ability to choose hope first.
“Let this hope burst forth within you, releasing a continual joy. Don’t give up in a time of trouble, but commune with God at all times.” –Romans 12:12 TPT
The anchor for our souls.
I hope for you, for us, for this time now.
“So then, my soul why would you be depressed? Why would you sink into despair? Just keep hoping and waiting on God, your Savior. For no matter what, I will still sing with praise, for living before his face is my saving grace!” -Psalms 42:5 TPT
“ There are times when God cannot reveal Himself in any other way than in His majesty, and it is the awesomeness of the vision which brings you to the delight of despair. You experience this joy in hopelessness, realizing that if you are ever to be raised up it must be by the hand of God.” -Oswald Chambers, The Delight of Despair
“It is because of hope that you suffer. It is through hope that you’ll change things.” -Maxime Lagacé