He had been dating JoAnn for nearly a year. One evening he decided that it was time he proposed to her and ask her to marry him and become his wife. His plea was passionate, his voice sincere, and his eyes filled with expectation, After listening to his carefully chosen words, she said softly and with feeling, “I can’t become your wife!”
“You can’t? Why?” he asked. “Is there someone else?”
“I certainly hope so,” came the reply.
Hope is the confident optimism that fills the hearts of Christians who know that God has good things in store for them. Those whose hope is outside of Christ may be “hoping” for things that may ultimately disappoint them or lead them into trouble. Some look expectantly for things to change and life to improve “hoping” that it is possible to find joy and peace with what the world has to offer. Hope, true Christian hope, is knowing God’s greatest gifts will come to them at the right time, in the right way, in the right place,
If we place our “hope” in ourselves and desire the things of this world, we will become frustrated, disappointed and confused. This world, nor the things it has to offer, can ever provide a reason for hope or happiness. True “hope” only comes from the Lord. The Psalmist made it clear when he wrote that our “only hope is in You.”
Remember: God’s character is unchanging, His promises dependable, His love enduring, His care continuous, and His faithfulness never waivers. Hope in the Lord!
Prayer: Father, we claim Your Word as the only true and reliable source for hope as the anchor for our lives. Give us Your peace as we await Your love, mercy, and grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Psalm 39:7 And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.