“…I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His great might…” Ephesians 1:16-19 ESV
Hoping is hard work. The act of hope is defined by Merriam-Webster as, “to desire with expectation of obtainment” and “to expect with confidence”. As those whom have gone through long waiting periods know too well, waiting with expectation is a difficult thing to do.
I wrote about waiting recently, and while that in and of itself is a topic for another day, in the wait there must be hope, in order for us to grow and flourish as God intended. As I heard it once said, in painful times, you either become bitter or better, and waiting seasons are a vivid picture of a time when we make the choice to become bitter or better.
A friend recently shared that, in a time of loss, she recognized that God asked of her to give Him her hope, however small. I happened to read this on a very tough day, in a tough week, and in a tough season. Hope & loss often go hand-in-hand – the feeling that you’ve lost or given up something, and whether tangible or not, the emotional journey is deep and arduous. Pain seeks to put out the light of hope by teaching us that hoping can hurt, and if it is just too hard, we can choose to stop hoping and no longer go through the pain of disappointment and emotional suffering.
To be completely honest, it has been a week in which I don’t feel like writing and I haven’t felt a whole lot like hoping, either. Emotions have been deep and wide, but I was reminded of my friend’s words on hope as I came across this Scripture this morning- “…having the eyes of your heart enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you…”. My friend did not reference this Scripture, but her testimony and this Scripture clashed together before me and reminded me, God has called us to hope.
In the original Greek of the New Testament, the word “hope” in this Scripture is the Greek word “elpis”. It comes from the word “elpo”, meaning “to anticipate, welcome” and in and of itself means the “expectation of what is sure (certain)”. (Strong’s) To anticipate and welcome the expectation of what is sure is to put all your cards on the table, so to speak. It is to say, “this is happening and I will wait here, expectantly, until it does”.
Reality is that type of waiting is hard, because it is in our flesh to not want to wait and experience discomfort and the great pain that can sometimes come with it- but it’s what God has called us to, to wait upon Him, and to hope in Him. And hoping in Him is what makes all the difference.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
Many times, when the burden just feels like too much, we’ve stopped waiting in the Lord and relying on Him for our strength to do so. Staying and abiding in the Lord, we receive the strength of the Holy Spirit that is so much greater than we could ever summon on our own. One of my favorite Scriptures is Proverbs 4:25. It says, “Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.” (NLT). Oftentimes I’m reminded that I’ve stopped fixing my eyes on Christ when I feel like the burden is just too much.
Scripture calls the hope we have, as Christians, “the riches of His glorious inheritance…and the surpassing greatness of His power to us who believe” (BSB). Through Christ we have the hope that that thing we are waiting on and believing for breakthrough in is going to happen and come to pass, because of the power we as Christians have been given, if we only believe and hold fast to that belief.
I believe there is power in speaking the Word and calling things that aren’t as through they are. When God gave Abram his new name, Abram chose to share that with other people. In a time when the meanings of names were well-known and recognized, letting people know, “I am now Abraham” and letting new people you meet know, “I am Abraham” would have the same as saying, “I am the father of many nations”. Abraham enacted his faith in God’s calling on his life, years and years and years and decades before the meaning of his name would ever come to pass. He was likely ridiculed and his name would have at least been talked of, due to its meaning, and it was 40 years before the truth of his name became visible to everyone else. It would have been so easy for him to give up on his hope, but He believed and stood firm because He knew God is faithful to His promises.
Whatever you’re going through, God has given you the tools you need to persevere, and what’s more, He has called you to hope. Hope for the “future and a hope” God has given you and the dreams He has placed in your heart. Whatever you’re waiting on, if you’ve read this post this far through, you likely feel a depth of pain in choosing to hope, because it literally is “getting your hopes up”. I believe God has good and not evil for you, and the dreams and vision God has put in you are there for a reason. I encourage you, search Scripture for a promise you can hold on to. Find a Scripture that speaks to your situation and pray that over yourself. Believe that for your reality, not what you see.
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 NLT
I want to believe with you today, whatever you’re hoping for. If you feel comfortable, leave a comment below or send us a message at our Contact page. Hoping is hard work, but we’ve been equipped, and joining together in prayer and persevering for one another truly results in such a blessing when we live in the hope we’ve been called to.
1. Spend some time meditating on the promises of God. Find your Scripture, tape it on your mirror, make it your phone lock screen, or share with someone that this is the verse you’re believing for in your life.
2. Commit to praying that verse over yourself for the next 30 days.
3. Receive the Holy Spirit’s strengthening for you in this season- and believe that good things, God’s things, are ahead.