Humans have definitions of hope that are different from God’s. We hope for things to work out, or for that job, or maybe for the blood tests to be clear. God’s definition of hope is not a hope-so but a know-so.
The hope that God offers is much more than a feeling: It’s the reality of His presence with you. You can experience that hope in any situation – even if your health fails, you lose your job, your spouse leaves, or some other tragedy hits you. Here’s how to find hope in any situation:
- Praise Him even when it’s hard: This is a difficult one. Have you ever heard the phrase “there is power in praise”? No? Well, when confronted with a hopeless situation, praising God is not easy. It is not easy praising God for His goodness while you are actually screaming on the inside. The word “praise” is defined as an expression of warmth, approval, or admiration. Praising God should not be limited to a certain way of doing. Remember God looks at your heart. As long as you are real with Him He will provide breakthrough in your life.
“Why am I so troubled, why am I so sad? I will put my hope in God, and once again I will praise Him, my savior and my God” – Psalm 43:5
- Keep knocking on God’s door through prayer: His word is true and He is faithful in His promises. When a situation seems hopeless, the best thing to do is tell God how you are feeling. It doesn’t have to be big-word-pastor-like prayers. Talk to God, like you would speak to your best friend.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives.” – Matthew7:7
- Choose to trust: When something bad happens in your life, don’t respond by arguing with or against God. Choose to trust that He does have His best plans reserved just for you and within this situation there is a reason for the struggle.
Why choose hope in Jesus?
The moment you place your hope and trust in Jesus and His promises, things change. You stop surviving and you actually start living. You can enjoy life to the fullest. Hope in Jesus makes you move forward, deletes regrets, and underlines expectation.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promises is faithful” – Hebrews 10:23
No matter how hopeless a situation may seem, it’s always worth staying hopeful, because God has the power to change circumstances dramatically at any time.