I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope. Psalm 130: 5
Hope may be described like the upside of a beautiful embroidery piece. It is the golden thread God uses to bind together faith and love, a masterful work of art God created to join our hearts and souls together with patience, and determination.
In every situation in life hope is needed. A bride hopefully anticipates the beautiful wedding she has planned. Students hope for good grades on final exams. A man hopes his wife’s mastectomy has removed all the cancer. Whether or not the event is joyful, or one full of trepidation, hope is vital.
Self-assurance often accompanies what is familiar, creating a sense of well-being. But, when life challenges us with events beyond our capabilities to control often strong emotions such as fear, anger, and confusion follow. It is then when we must decide whether to be controlled by the event, or to acknowledge the challenge and to trust God with the outcome.
- How has hope made a major difference in your life?
- How have you been able to renew hope in a friend’s life?
- Have you ever experienced a time when you felt hopeless?