Hope and Perspective

I like to read the GodTube devotionals and verses of the day that get sent to my e-mail in a daily newsletter.  Today’s devotional (read here) was about hope and perspective.  Our views are often limited, and we have to look to God for a bigger perspective that encompasses the hope we need.  Sometimes when I’m not sure about where to go, I have to keep in mind one of my favorite passages in the Bible –

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

– Jeremiah 29:11 (New Living Translation)

God does not stand over us laughing at our weaknesses and plotting our demise.  Instead, He lovingly stands beside us and is willing to guide us when we place our faith in Him.

This also reminds me of a quote below this paragraph, which reminds me that often we think that if we dare to hope, we will be dissappointed.  We may view hopes and dreams as deceitful.  Really, it is certainty that we are fearing: sometimes the certainty that God will not give us what we want, or that our hopes and dreams will never come true regardless of how much we want them to.  This certainty is formed because of a lack of faith, as well as cynicism cultivated by the world around us.  The only way to escape these fears is to trust the One in whom we place our hope: that He will give us a future, and a hope.  But not just any hope: a hope that will come true. 

You know nothing about Hope, that immortal, delicious maiden forever courted forever propitious, whom fools have called deceitful, as if it were Hope that carried the cup of disappointment, whereas it is her deadly enemy, Certainty, whom she only escapes by transformation.

– Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot

It is all too easy to become disenchanted that hoping and dreaming is worthless.  We can’t always see the rewards to come during trials, or the blessings that are in the future.  We may not always know how God is going to use us, or what step to take next.  We may think that we have faithful spirits, while really we have spirits of unbelief.  Yet God can uphold us even in our weakness.  When we say ‘not my will but yours be done’ to God and trust Him, we can have surety that God will do abundantly above all that we ask or think.  Are you willing to dream again?

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