We all have hopes and dreams. And we expect the goals we set for ourselves to work out exactly as we plan. Sometimes they do, and we can celebrate our accomplishments. But other times life gets in the way of our best-laid plans. We get up every day, go to work and take care of our families, just going through the motions. All of our hopes and dreams we started out with begin to slowly fade away. Until one day we find ourselves wondering, is this all there is in life?
I know how it feels to have your hopes and dreams crushed under the weight of life’s demands. A few years ago, I set out to accomplish a huge life goal. I put everything I had into it. And I truly believed it would change my career and my family’s future. I was completely invested in it, both financially and emotionally. But no matter how hard I worked, it just didn’t happen. I was devastated and became disillusioned with the work I was doing. I felt like a total failure and that I had let my family down. Try as I might, I couldn’t understand what had gone wrong.
The problem wasn’t the work I was doing or the amount of time I invested. It was who I was counting on to see the project through. I was relying on myself and my abilities instead of relying on God.
The solution to my problem was simple… I needed to put my hope and trust in God and what He wanted for my future!
And when I began to put my hope in God, He led me in a completely new direction. A direction full of opportunities to serve Him that I never thought were possible. It may be a different life than what I had planned, but it is a better life than I could ever imagine.
Our verse this week, Psalm 71:5 says… For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth.
When we put our hope in ourselves, we are trusting in our ability to make something happen. We are essentially saying to God, “I don’t need you, I can do it on my own.” This path of thinking we don’t need God only sets us up for a fall because we deny ourselves the opportunity to see the goodness of God’s plan in action. And we miss out on the blessings He has in store for us.Hope in God is different from hope in ourselves. It is grounded in His truth and faithfulness to us. #Hope #BibleStudyClick To Tweet
Hope in God is different from hope in ourselves. It is grounded in His truth and faithfulness to us. It is a concrete confidence in God’s ability to make His will for our life happen. When we surrender ourselves to God’s will and put our hope in Him, we no longer need to rely on our abilities. We can trust that God has our best future in mind and He will lead us into it.
Another verse that speaks so well to the blessings that come from placing our hope in God is Jeremiah 17:7-8…
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
I love the image of a tree planted by the raging river of life yet dipping it’s roots into the water and receiving all it needs to survive. There’s just something about that picture that brings calmness and hope into my heart.
God understands how it feels when the hopes and dreams we have for ourselves fall flat. But as His children, we don’t fall into a dark abyss of hopelessness, instead we fall into the light of our Heavenly Father’s arms.
This is where our hope is found! 😊 Not in ourselves or material things. It comes from the firm foundation of our faith. We have a loving Father who is always willing to hear us when we cry out to Him, support us when we seek His will and give us hope for the future.
So, when the heat gets turned up and hope seems lost, remember God will sustain you and make you into the beautiful tree this scripture describes so eloquently.
May you be blessed by placing your hope and trust in God!