Hope in vs. Hope for
What you pray for makes a difference.
"O Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz.
My friends all drive Porsches. I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime. No help from my friends.
O Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz.” - Janis Joplin
What do you hope for? Riches and fame? Provision and protection? Love and companionship? Freedom and independence?
Do you hope for something specific, like Janis Joplin in the lines above? Maybe it’s a dream job. Or a house with a white picket fence. Or maybe it’s a beautiful girl––5 foot 2, eyes are blue. Or a handsome guy––like Ken who goes with Barbie.
It’s natural to “hope for,” but it is supernatural to “hope in.”
You see, hoping for is not the same as hoping in. Hoping for has to do with a payoff, something you acquire, a gift of some kind. Hoping in has to do with the Giver. Someone in Whom you can trust to know and meet your deepest needs and desires.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.”
The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. Lamentations 3:24-25
The choice is yours: hope for a gift or hope in the Giver.