What are you hoping for? Have you been disappointed in what you hoped for? The key is in who we are hoping in and relying on and what we are believing in and hoping for…….
Are you hoping for no troubles? You will be disappointed. In John 16:33, His Word tells us, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
So, we cannot ask to have no trouble or hope to have no trouble….because in truth and reality…… trouble is in this world and we are in this world with it.
But, we can put our faith and trust in Yeshua Jesus to help us through to overcoming the trouble….and to actually have peace while we go through it.
John 14:17, “Peace I leave with you; My perfect peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]” Amplified version.
This is a big difference in who and what we are putting our faith and hope in!
Am I hoping for worldly comforts and riches? What does the Word of God say about that? Am I talking about hoping for riches or met needs?
Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
1 Timothy 6:9, “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.”
Philippians 4:19, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Matthew 6: 31-34, “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
What about praying to get out of debt? Yes, that is valid because it agrees with God’s Word and will. We can pray for Him to find a way when we do not know the way.
Romans 13:8, “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.”
Romans 11:33, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!”
It has to do with who we are trusting in and relying on, what He has promised, what we need, and our intensions for using these gifts. That is applying true hope and not false hope.
I am thinking that sometimes our hopes disappoint us because we have put them in the wrong person and the wrong thing. But, if our hopes are in our Lord and His Word and His ways, He will not disappoint us.