Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hope and Disappointment

The biggest complaint people have about hope is that it sets you up for disappointment when what you were hoping for doesn't work out. It can feel like more often than not we get let down by our hopes and expectations.

But a life without hope is a hard life to live.

Maybe is not hope that is the problem, but what we are hoping for.
If we live each day for the next happy thing, or we rest all our hopes in someone else, or we think if we can just change this one circumstance it will be OK   -  we are bound to be disappointed. We can't control everything. If we set our hopes on every little thing going our way - or even every big thing - then disappointment is almost guaranteed.

The things to hope for are the only things we can be completely assured of - then we know our hope will be rewarded. When our hope is in what is steadfast and eternal then we are never disappointed.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love. Psalm 33:18

Why are you downcast, O my soul?
   Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
   for I will yet praise him,
   my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:5

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