Hope is the expectation of something good. But actually believing good will happen is difficult to accomplish when we are constantly bombarded with news of unrest and uncertainty in our community, our nation, and our world. Combine that with the pressure of coping with our personal trials, and it all begins to overwhelm.
How do we find hope in the midst of this onslaught?
Psalm 62:5-6 gives us the answer.
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from you. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
This psalm reminds us that God doesn’t just offer us hope. He is our hope.
He is rest: “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Mt. 11:28).
He is our rock: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
He is our fortress: “I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings” (Psalm 61:4).
Nothing we face is bigger than the resources God offers us in our most difficult times.
He is faithful, and in him hope becomes real. We no longer need to tie a knot at the end of the rope and hang on. We can simply rest in the confidence that our loving heavenly Father knows what we need before we ask, and he will never let us down.
It’s true. I know what it’s like to feel like all hope is lost and have experienced firsthand the joy of discovering that God was there the whole time…waiting for me to open my eyes to his beautiful promise.
Hope waits for you too.
Though I in no way offer an answer for every problem, I can share the encouragement I’ve found while learning to live on this side of hope.