God's Bigger Picture of Hope in Disappointment
Hear God's Word for you in Isaiah 49:23. "Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed." And Romans 12:12. "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
Hope is a promise of God, a position in him, and a command. This week we will enter in to the promise, next week the position, and the following week the command.
The Promise of Hope
The presence of the Holy Spirit lives in you, filling you with assurance that God cannot disappoint you. Be blessed with confidence that the sovereign Lord of your life is in charge of your circumstances. When expectation delays, when your hope is waiting without fulfillment, when disappointment tries to overwhelm you, you can have confidence in your Father, because you know that he is in control. He is Lord; he can't get it wrong. When you are tempted with hopelessness, your Father says that those who wait for him, those who hope in him, will never be put to shame.
The psalmist said, "One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving" (Ps 62:11-12). Your confidence in him will never disappoint you, because he is strong and loving. Be blessed with security and safety because your hope is anchored in your Father's unchanging love and strength. Be blessed with the truth of Psalm 16:5-6. "He is my portion... He maintains my lot." Your Father's eyes are on those who hope. Be blessed to submit your soul to him, because your soul will ask the wrong questions. The question is not "Why?" Be blessed with asking your Father the right question as your gaze is fixed on him. The right question is "How?" Be blessed with knowing that he is your "how." Be blessed with this dialogue with your soul. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul. "Therefore I hope in Him!" (Lam 3:24).
God dwells with those who hope in him, and he is enough. Your Father speaks hope to you, hope in him that does not disappoint, because he dearly loves you. Be blessed in God's promise that the desire he gives leads where he wants you to go: learning to endure, developing strength of character, in confident expectation of seeing the glory of his purposes for you and in his joy in hope. Jesus is your promised hope.
Receive the prayer of Paul in Ephesians 1:18-21. "I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given..." You are seated in heavenly realms in hope, in the name of your glorious Father.
Be blessed in the name of the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know your Promise of hope (Eph 1:17).