Are you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted by the circumstances in your life? Is there a hard place in you life where you face that feeling that things will never change? Are you having a hard time finding hope?
Miriam Webster dictionary defines hope like this:
the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best
When we’re exhausted and we hoping for change, it’s hard to know where to place our hope.
• Sometimes we hope in ourselves, depending on our own strength to make change happen.
Depending on our own strength is a form of trying to control things that we really aren’t in control of. We want to fix and take care of ourselves, others, and our circumstances. But in life, as hard as we try, we will still make mistakes, take the wrong turns, and do the things we’ve determined not to do. We can change, but often our own strength alone is not enough.
In the Bible, Paul stated it this way:
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Romans 7:15 ESV
• Sometimes we hope in another person, thinking they will change.
It’s easy to point the finger and think that things would be better if the other person would just change. But in doing this, we are ignoring the fact that we can’t control somebody else or their choices. People can change, but we can’t make them do it. So placing our hope in that can be frustrating and disappointing.
• Sometimes we depend on our circumstances, waiting for things to work out and change for the better.
When we put our depend on our circumstances, our hope becomes all wrapped up in if onlys. “If only ____________ would change, then ___________ would be better.” Things can change, but we better not depend on our circumstances as the basis for finding hope. We simply can’t control many of the things that come our way.
So what can we hope in when we feel exhausted, stuck, and overwhelmed?
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1, NASB)
My soul wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. (Psalms 62:5 NASB)
And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5 NASB)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3 NASB)
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast, and one which enters within the veil. (Hebrews 6:19 NASB)
But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. (Romans 8:25 NASB)
But as for me, I will hope continually and will praise Thee yet more and more. (Psalms 71:14 NASB)
Fortunately, just like the verses tell us above, there’s another way to hope. If we put our hope in God and Who He is, we have found a hope that never fails.
Hope is about having confidence in Who God is and what His Word promises us. When we focus on His character we find true hope instead of false hope in ourselves, others or our circumstances. Hoping in ourselves, others or our circumstances, keeps us tied up in self-sufficiency. It keeps us exhausted and disappointed.
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Turn the 7 verses into affirmations or prayers. You can focus on one each day for a week. See if this helps you find hope in life. His Word never returns void! (Isaiah 55:11)
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