We’ve all experienced that moment of panic when we realize we’ve lost something: our keys, our car in the grocery store parking lot, our presentation for an important project at work, our child at the mall…the list could go on and on. However, have you ever lost your hope? Just can’t seem to find it anywhere? You’ve looked deep within you, but it’s just not there?
I know! Me too! Over the past year, I found myself searching for hope. I’d lost it somewhere between having a book released and trying to get it out to the masses. I’d see little victories along the way…praise reports of how God is using it to minister to readers, small doors opening for speaking engagements or book signings…but for the most part, progress has been slow causing me to misplace my hope.
Biblical hope is a desire combined with confident expectation. To hope means that we desire something with the belief in the possibility of obtaining it. When we lose the belief that God will come through for us and that He will bring His promise to pass in our life…we lose hope.
The Lord recently spoke Psalm 27:14 to me. Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!
It’s so encouraging when God whispers a promise into our spirit. Yet, as the clock ticks by and the pages on the calendar turn without seeing the fulfillment of our promise, we are apt to lose hope if our hope is not securely anchored in Christ (Hebrews 6:19).
Today as I was reading Psalm 42, the Lord showed me a key to finding and holding onto our hope. I’d encourage you to read the entire passage but look with me at verse 5 and 6. Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance. O my God, my soul is cast down within me; Therefore, I will remember You from the land of the Jordan, and from the heights of Hermon,
From the Hill Mizar.
First, the psalmist talked to himself. Don’t we do that when we lose something? “Where did I put those keys?…Where was that kid the last time I saw him?” When we find ourselves without hope, the first thing we should do is ask ourselves the question, “Why do I doubt the promises of God? Why would I question His faithfulness?”
The next thing the psalmist did was to begin to praise God. Throughout the month of November, I like to post a daily “thanksgiving post”. I’ve seen others do it as well. It is a daily reminder that we can always find something to be thankful for. As a matter of fact, we have much to be thankful for. When we look back at all God has done, which is exactly what the psalmist did, it gives us hope for our future. God doesn’t change (Hebrews 13:8). If He came through for me before, I can anchor myself in the belief that He’ll do it again.
The psalmist put his hope in God. Our hope must be anchored to Christ; to His Word and His promises. If we look at our situation, we can easily lose focus and become hopeless. But if we’ll speak encouragement to ourselves, praise God while we wait and remind ourselves of past victories…we’ll soon find our hope again.
By the way…I found my hope again! 🙂