RE-POST from February 2009 – I needed to hear it again, myself!!! 🙂
I used to believe that to maintain my "hope" meant to continue to believe that God would eventually give me what my heart desired… literally that I would continue to hope FOR something.
However, now I believe that true hope is rooted much more deeply than that. To have hope in my soul, I must believe that IF God does not eventually give me what my heart desires…
- I can still be content in Him.
- I can continue to trust Him.
- I can continue to have faith in His goodness.
If God was good enough to me to provide my salvation from Hell through His Son's death on the cross, why would He not continue to fill my life with His goodness?
He does. And He will.
I only have to be willing to truly believe it.
The more of God's goodness I look for, The more of God's goodness I see.
The more of God's goodness I see, The more grateful I become.
The more grateful I become, The more I can believe in His continued goodness to me.
The more I believe in His continued goodness to me, The more hope I have.
The circumstances of our life are not always what we wish them to be. Regardless of our circumstances, though, our lives can be all that we hope them to be… Because God is good to us… Because He loves us so much. We only need the eyes of faith to see it.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
As we read of God's faithfulness in His Word, our faith in His goodness grows.
That's just one more reason to read His Word! 🙂