Hope is the expectation of future good. It is having the belief that God is who He says He is and that He will do what He says He will do. Hope is believing that God works all things for good and that His plans include a good future for us.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” -Jeremiah 29:11
I recently walked through a season of hopelessness. It was a time filled with deep loss, discouragement, uncertainty, and doubt. I was (and still am if I am being completely honest) grieving the loss of my grandfather, uncle, and grandmother. I was receiving nothing but negative feedback at work. I was doubting the calling God had on my life to be a teacher. Nothing seemed to be going right. But in the midst of hopelessness, God was moving. He had a purpose for this hopelessness. His purpose was to reveal His character to me and to cause me to recognize my need for Him. I realized that there was nowhere to run but into the arms of my God and Savior and into His unending hope.
In Exodus, we are shown how a seemingly hopeless situation can turn into one full of hope. Pharaoh commanded that every male child born in Egypt must be cast into the river to die. Moses was one of those babies; everything pointed to hopelessness. If the world’s ways prevailed, he would have been killed in the river. But God had a future and hope for his life. Moses was found by Pharaoh’s daughter and adopted into the royal family. He grew up to be a great man of God with an incredible resume. He spoke to God in the burning bush, he witnessed God write the 10 commandments, and he lead the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea which God split. If that doesn’t speak of hope, I don’t know what does.
What you (and maybe even everyone around you) may think is an impossibly hopeless situation could be God’s way of bringing you hope—just like Moses. When you are feeling like there’s no hope (like I was), remember that God can bring hope out of the most unsuspecting circumstances because He has a future and a hope for each and every person. I am reminded that a season of hopelessness cannot compare to the hope that I have in what the Lord spoke over my life when I was young:
“For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth. By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You” -Psalm 71:5-6