Getting Your Hopes Up

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"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12 Hope.  At times, my hope is tugged at, poked and prodded at. There have always been circumstances in my life that have carried with them the familiar lie...there's no hope here.  Nothing will change.  Things will not get better.  Might as well give up.  Maybe you are familiar with that lie too.

Hope.  It's the confident expectation that something good will take place.  Where does this confidence come from?  This expectation?  I know the verse like the back of my hand, "For we know all things work together for the GOOD of those who love God and are called according to His purposes" Rom. 8:28.  Jesus has made a way for us to always have hope.  He is our constant and our steady point.  He never changes and He never gets tired of loving us.  You are continuously on His mind and He is ALWAYS praying for you.  He desires the very best for you and is committed to finishing the awesome work He has already started with you (Phil 1:6).  Does that mean we won't experience pain?  No, but it does mean that He will use even the hardest circumstances to bring about His good in our lives.  He brings beauty through our pain.  He breathes into us His strength in the midst of our struggling and suffering.

God is just good.  Simply put.  His love liberates us and He gives us identity in Him and purpose.  In Jesus, even our problems have purpose, because through them we grow to be more like Him.

Hope.  Hope it is what enables us to be patient in affliction.  We can have patience knowing that God is working behind the scenes.

Hope.  It is what enables us to be faithful in prayer.  We pray knowing that He hears us.  We pray knowing that if it matters to us, it matters to Him.  We pray knowing that He is faithful to answer.

Hope.  It's the cord that we can hang unto when we feel like giving up.  It's what keeps us going, because we know that better days are in store and that God has never left us.  He is always right by our side.

"And this hope will not lead to disappointment.  For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His Love." Romans 5:5