Hope

“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope; for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for what we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.” -Romans 8:24-25

“Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation, continuing instant in prayer;” -Romans 12:12

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.” -Proverbs 13:12

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him” -Psalm 62:5

Hope, the world itself came into my heart as I was walking to my spot in Woodland-the high point. I was reflecting in my mind about how God does not give us the full details of His plan. Why would we hope in it-in His plan-in Him if we knew exactly what he was going to do? Romans 8:24-25 popped in my head the moment I had that thought.

I began to stir in myself encouragement to keep hoping in ALL the things God has promised me. Prosperity in my future after graduation, financial security, provision over my siblings, freedom over my parents.

I must keep hoping.

I also felt myself question, how do you hope for something without getting caught up in expectancy? I have all these ideals in my head from the hope in my heart and I asked myself – is that a bad thing? I confront the reality that my imagination does not compare to what God has in store. We know how the verse goes. I was even thinking of Charles Metcalf’s sermon, Planted and I Underestimated, and how expectancy (our expectancy) can cause frustration as we wait for God’s timing.

I think that’s why God led me to that last verse, Psalm 62:5 “let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him”. All these verses paired together speak to the importance of hope.

Hold on to your hope, don’t be deferred by circumstance. But also listen to God. Listen for God.

The bible says to hope and expect but it also says to wait patiently. I think, I’m sure, God knew that hoping and expecting would lead to an excitement. I’m sure he wants us to be excited about what he has for us. I think our downfall is getting so caught up in our excitement and expectations that we lost sight of whose work, whose plan, whose will it is.

Lord, my hope is beyond what you have promised me. My hope is in You.

So God, I just thank you for who you are. I thank you that you are faithful. I thank you that you do not change. I thank you that you know all, see all, and have all the power. Lord God, I keep my mind set on you for I know where you are there is PEACE, there is HOPE, and there is FREEDOM. Thank you God, that if nothing else I have you. And the power in that is that if I have you, I have everything! Lord you are my strength. You are my hope. You are my peace. You are my everything. GLORY, PRAISE, HONOR AND THANKS BE LIFTED TO THE GREAT I AM.

Your daughter,

Destiney McIntosh

*Journal Archive from October 2, 2018

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