18 Feb 2014 by Mindy Oon CM –
Show me and I will believe. We are a generation that wants to see it before we believe it. We have a hard time believing that God is working on our behalf, until and unless we see something happening with our natural eyes. However, this isn’t the way God operates. Whether we can see it or not, God is working on things in our lives. Jeremiah 29:11 says ‘For I know the plans I have for you, ‘declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.
It might be difficult to imagine ourselves to be full of hope. Some people are simply afraid to hope because they have experienced so much disappointment and don’t think they can face any more pain. Romans 15:13 says “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”. God is the God of hope, and with Him it is never too late to start believing, hoping, and expecting.
Hope can be defined as ‘a favourable and confident expectation’. There are many times when we take a passive attitude in which we just ‘wait and see’ if something will change or happen for us. Our ‘che sara sara, whatever will be, will be’ attitude is one that does not place much hope in what God has for us. God wants us to expect, to be actively anticipating something good from Him.
When a woman is pregnant, we say that she is ‘expecting’. She is anticipating the child that is about to come. What are we seeing in our mind and imagination? How do we talk about our future? Do we wake up with anticipation that today might be the day that we receive our breakthrough? God has incredible plans for our lives, and He wants us to anticipate the good things that He has in store for us.
Maybe you might have endured a lot of pain and disappointment, and just can’t imagine for things to get better. While what you have gone through is real, and may have caused a lot of pain, know that the enemy works overtime to convince us that things will never change, and that there is no hope for the future. God wants you to know that He loves you, and you can trust Him to make a miracle out of your mess.
Prisoner of Hope
In Zechariah 9:12, the Lord says ‘Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you’. What does it mean to be a prisoner of hope? I means that no matter what happens in our lives, we refuse to stop hoping and trusting in God’s ability to come through.
Many times, we want to wait until we feel optimistic or hopeful. Or we want to wait until we see a little bit of results before we start believing. However, the truth is that when we make a solid decision to think positive, hopeful thoughts, our feelings will eventually catch up. The enemy might come against us with negative thoughts and place problems in our path, but when we make the choice to be determined to put all of our trust in God, be assured that God will always be there for us.
Drop the Anchor
Hebrews 19: 6 says ‘We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure’. When you want a boat to stay in place, you drop the anchor. This verse says that hope is the anchor for the soul. Our soul comprises of our mind, our will, and our emotions. Our soul tells us what we think, what we want, and what we feel. This means that when everything looks awful and when things seem to be going horribly wrong, hope is the anchor that pulls us back and says “Hold on! God is still in control!”
God might just be waiting for us to ‘drop the anchor’. Don’t let the circumstances in your life blow you off course. Drop your anchor and put your hope in God!
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