I have realised that hope is not as easy to define as I thought and can be easily misunderstood.
My own hope in the past was not always properly formed and I think when I reflect back was either a false hope, misguided optimism or wishful thinking on my part.
So then when things did not turn out as I had hoped, I was disappointed.
When disappointment took hold that led me down a slippery slope of all sorts of other negative emotions and thoughts. It can shake your confidence and faith. It can crush your spirit and make you feel like giving up.
“When hope is crushed, the heart is crushed”
Disappointment can be that doorway for negative thoughts and emotions. Bitterness can start to take root if we are not careful. Jealousy and envy can be quick to follow too.
Guard the door of your heart against disappointment.
Let us encourage each other and build ourselves up on a solid foundation which cannot be shaken.
The cornerstone of our faith and true hope is found in Jesus. Keeping our eyes fixed on Him.
I have experienced that Hope is formed through tests and trials. It comes through the hard times. It is developed in those times when we travel through the valley and experience the love and faithfulness of God. We trust in Him to know the best outcome for us. Not my will but His perfect will formed in me.
“We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God’s approval, and his approval creates hope. This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us.”
Whatever difficult circumstances you may also be going through I pray that perfect hope will take root in your heart and mind. Guard your heart. If there is disappointment or bitterness, then I pray the Holy Spirit will bring revelation and will lead you to repentance, release and healing and that your joy will be restored.
Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times. Romans 12:12
Blessings to you this day in Jesus name.