Hope is such a powerful thing. People, after we lose our joy, our peace, our sense of security, our belongings, even our freedom – we can still cling to hope. “There’s a chance. I believe. Don’t lose hope.” It seems to be hardwired within us to hope. I love how hardy and resilient hope can be, but it gets a little sticky. Because we are so inclined to hope, we sometimes get carried away with our hoping and we place our hope on things that can never deliver. We set our hope on a new job – because then things will get better around here. We set our hope on an education – because it will open all the doors for us. We set our hope on our family – because surely they will never let us down. We set our hope in our relationships – because he/she can always make it better. We set our hope in politicians and pastors – because we don’t have the influence to fix it, but they do!
The great tragedy about setting our hope on any of these things is that every single one of them is temporary. Even if they bring us what we are wanting for a season, life moves on, as it tends to do, and we find ourselves searching for something new to hope in. What then, can we set our hope on? What is unchanging? What is eternal?
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” [Isaiah 40:28-31]
“Those who hope in the Lord…” I will set my hope on the One who is the Everlasting God.