I just had a conversation with someone yesterday and in response to his positive comment, I responded back with: “I hope so.” It was said with doubt in my mind and in my voice. There was no real hope there. It was false hope. I was filled with doubt. Perhaps I should have used that classic expression, “Lord willing, and the creek don’t rise!” That phrase might have been more supportive.
In reality, we, as believers, are called to be filled with hope. This is not a “hope so” type of reaction to life, but a confident one. It is a confidence based on the fact that our Lord conquered the grave and produced a living hope for all who call him Lord. This hope is produced by the Holy Spirit. It is not something we dig down deep to find. In fact, God’s desire is that his children overflow with this hope that is produced by him. Romans 15:13 is Paul’s prayer for the Roman Christians:
“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.”
Another verse which reminds us that hope doesn’t come from us, but from the Lord, is found in Psalm 62:5
“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.”
Beth Moore, writing about this verse said: “The Hebrew term literally means “a cord, as an attachment.’ Every one of us is hanging on to something or someone for security…if it’s someone or something other than God alone, you’re hanging on by a thread – the wrong thread.” (From her book: “Whispers of Hope”)
So, today, drop your doubts. Attach yourself to the God of all hope and trust in him for everything. Change your “hope so” to “I know.” We need to imitate the apostle Paul and say as he did in 2 Timothy 1:12 – “…I KNOW whom I have believed and am convinced that HE is able…”
As I listen to my own doubts, I am most grateful that God doesn’t respond to my prayers with “I hope so!” Indeed, HE is able. My hope comes from Him! May the hope he produces overflow in my life every day!