Hope is one of the most risky things we’re asked to hold on to as Christians.
That might sound like a bold statement.
But hope is often met by pain and disappointment and it is one of the biggest risk we are asked to consistently take.
So why hope? Why is the Bible filled with both faith and hope; two necessary factors in walking with Jesus? Why must we choose hope time and time again?
My heart has been sick since January. Somewhere in the process, I let go of hope. I stopped believing for the best. I numbed myself to dreaming.
The pain that came from having expectations and hoping only to see them shattered or unmet was too much. And so I retreated back to my own personal limits; my own well-kept yard of not-risking. And my heart began to wither. I let go of dreams, desires, expectations… and the vibrant life in my heart began to dull. I couldn’t feel God. I couldn’t hear Him clearly. I felt abandon, dry… like I would die of hunger for Him. I became cynical. Practical. I hated love. Didn’t believe in it.
I was physically ill most weekends from February – March; my heart often anxious and unrest in the midst of this.
Hope was too risky. And keeping my heart safe within its walls was surely the way to keep it unharmed. Right?
God, concerned for the health of my heart, pressed on it, ever-so consistently. I felt everything I didn’t want to feel as He begged my heart to hope again.
I filled my world with busy-ness and activities. I ran myself weak.
He continued to press.
“Why love? Why hope for the impossible best? Why hold on to dreams that are so far out of reach?” my heart fought back to Him.
Around three weeks ago, He found me at my breaking point, weary, anxious, desperate. And He crawled into the narrow gaps I had left open for Him.
He breathed, “Faith sees, and hope FEELS. And my precious one, when you choose to not hope, you choose to not feel. When you choose to not hope that there is the best in store for you, your heart becomes sick. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, my love. Choose hope. Believe the best. Believe I’m that good.”
And I gasped for air. Alive. My heart began pumping again.
Undone by my sudden light-ness, I became aware of the necessity of hope.
Regardless of the circumstances, regardless of how many times I had been disappointed, regardless of the impossibilities that stood before me or the lack of visible breakthrough, I had to decide to choose hope.
Hope was better than the outcome. Hope was the thing keeping my heart alive.
So, friends, while hope seems risky, don’t cut it off because you don’t see the breakthrough in the timing you imagined.
God is a God of “And suddenly.” In moments, He changes the course of events. In minutes, He brings the fulfillment. In seconds, He arrives in a better way than you ever thought possible.
Saul became Paul in an instant.
Lazarus was raised from the dead in a single moment.
It only took 3 DAYS for the sins of EVERYONE IN THE WORLD (past, present and future) to be paid for for eternity! 3 Days! 3 Days is not a long time, friends. In 3 days, Jesus was crucified and rose again and EVERYTHING CHANGED. 3 Days!
Hope paves the way for your breakthrough. You must develop a lifestyle of unbreakable hope in your life.
Hope that is not swayed by situations or circumstances. But hope that is founded on the truth and goodness of The Most Holy One.
Follow the calling of His voice. Risk when He says risk. Dream when He says dream. Hope when He says hope. It will never be in vain. And you will never be unprotected from His grace.