Hope = Happiness
Recently, I’ve been studying “hope.” I’ve been looking into what hope means, how to have it, what it feels like, and it’s benefits. When we think of the word hope it usually is synonymous with the word “wish.” We say things like, “I hope it doesn’t rain.” Or, “I hope my job situation changes.” But that kind of hope is usually accompanied with doubt and only a glimpse of positivity. What God wants us to do, however, is have His kind of hope. God’s hope is unshakeable and never wavering. It’s a dig-your-heels-in type of believing. Hope is the step before faith.
We first have to hope for something before we can wrap our minds around having faith for it. We first need to hope it can happen by visualizing and seeing it as something that God can do! Once that hope is set in place then our faith kicks in. We can see it- then we can believe it! This chain of events produces one of the most sought after and valuable things in our life…happiness.
We all just want to be happy! Am I right?
You and I know that money doesn’t buy it and people can’t always supply it. But God can give it to you in the form of hope. Hope is the constant positive attitude that no matter what is going on in your life, God is still going to take care of you! It doesn’t matter what the circumstances look like! With an attitude of hope we can view problems as opportunities for God to make our life even better than it was before the problem occurred!
I have God’s hope for about 5 different things going on in my life right now. And you know what- I am so happy!! These 5 things in all reality are serious problems. But I am determined to be filled with hope that God is on my side and the best is yet to come. I am filled with hope knowing that He allowed theses issues to arise to bring out the best in me and create the best in my life! If I looked at these 5 issues in the natural I would feel discouraged and defeated. I could start talking negativity about these problems and assume that nothing good will come out of it. But no! I’m viewing these things with God’s hope and having faith that He is on my side. The bible tells us in Zechariah 9:12 to be a “Prisoner of Hope!” Which means we need to live a lifestyle that is trapped in believing. Locked in so tight that we can’t escape it. That is how committed we have to be to hope! I am determined to have an attitude that always looks on the bright side, that sees the silver lining on every cloud, that believes the best of every person and hopes/ trusts/ believes/ and has faith that God is going to bless me. Join me in living this kind of lifestyle. If you do this, you know what it will make you feel? Happy.
Hope = Happiness.
// Thank you Lord for Hope. Help me today to exercise this choice. When problems arise remind me to give it over to you and be filled with hope that you have it all taken care of. I’m so grateful to be your daughter. In Jesus name, Amen.