Hope in Him
The joy that hope releases happens automatically within us whenever our hearts are beholding the unchanging reality of who our God is to us and who we are in Him. Those who learn how to hold fast to their hope in Him will "not be disappointed" (Romans 10:11 WEB). This has nothing to do with seeing our desires come to pass, for "hope that is seen is not hope" (Romans 8:24). It has everything to do with seeing Jesus, the Source of our hope and the End of all our desires.
Since this far greater reality never changes, all of our hopes can be safely anchored in Him (Hebrews 6:19). Place your hope in this: that Jesus will ultimately have His way with you and with the situation that concerns you. Cast that care on Him, then take your joy back!
O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 131:3 ESV
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8 ESV
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13 ESV
Father, only You know how often I have been wounded by setting my heart and my hopes on things that never came to pass. I have put my hope in others, in myself, in things working out a certain way, but what heartache I could have been spared if I had only placed all of my hope in You! You want Your joy to be complete in me. You want my cup to overflow. What am I afraid of? I need to trust You with my heart and my hopes for there's no other place of safety. I choose by an act of my will to put all of my hope in You and Jesus, having Your way with me in all ways!
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