We continue again this week with the theme of hope. Hope is only as good as who or what you put your hope in. The last line of a song from a popular musical goes like this: “Now life has killed the dream I dreamed”. We’ve probably all experienced times in our lives where we’ve longed for, hoped for, counted on and anticipated something for so long and then, poof, in an instance, that hope is shattered into a million pieces. I visited a woman who experienced such a time. She and her husband had a dream of someday owning a bed-n-breakfast. Her abilities were such that they would lend themselves well for such an endeavor. For years, everything she did was in anticipation of one day purchasing it and running it. Then after many years went by, her husband told her he never wanted it, that it may have been her dream but it was never his and he wanted no part in it. She was absolutely crushed. What she thought was their dream would never come to pass. Her hope in that dream had been killed. Last week we read the dictionary definition of hope. This week, let’s read the Bible definition of hope: Psalm 71:5: “O Lord, you alone are my hope.” If your hope is not in God, then there’s a good chance life will somehow kill your dream. When hopelessness threatens to overwhelm you, check to see where you’ve placed your hope. If your hopes and dreams have their roots in God, you will overflow with peace, joy and confident hope! God is not only your hope, He is the source of hope!
13 I pray that God, the source of hope,
will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you
will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NLT)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
7 And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. Psalm 39:7 (NLT) 5 O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you, O LORD, from childhood. Psalm 71:5 (NLT)
5 O Lord, you alone are my hope. I’ve trusted you, O LORD, from childhood. Psalm 71:5 (NLT)