MISPLACED HOPE // NOVEMBER 30, 2023
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
There's hope in Jesus! When we put our hope in God, the power of the Holy Spirit fuels us. We can focus on what he says rather than on material things or earthly relationships.
If we're honest with ourselves, it's easy to take our eyes off God and focus on our circumstances and surroundings. The world has changed a lot, but we signed up to follow Jesus, not culture. We know we'll have troubles, but Jesus is our hope! We have an enemy who's after our faith, but we are a people of faith! We don't have to long for what was; we can perceive the new thing and stop comparing to the old thing. In every generation, God is doing a new thing, so we can ask him: what are you doing, Lord? Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever more, and God's promises are still for us today. Loss helps us reorient our eyes, and what's revealed to us is our misplaced hope. It's not on our careers, our number of followers, our spouse, our relationships or better homes or cars. Our hope is about the one who keeps the promises! People and things can never tell us what only God can.
Where are you putting your hope above God? Have you misplaced your hope in an outcome, a timeline or a person? If you’re struggling, ask God to help you uncover where your hope has been, and write it down in a journal as a way to confess. Ask him to help you want him more than anything else, to help you heal and to help you keep your eyes on him. He who lives in you is far greater than any outcome, and you can put all your hope in him!