Where Do I Put My Hope? (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 83)
Psalm 39:7 (NLT)
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.
Life is both short and uncertain. The tragedies and terrors that exist in the world are troubling to the soul and spirit. While we try to find some sort of normalcy and comfort in the here and now, our thoughts must ultimately turn toward Heaven. There is no solid satisfaction to be found in the depression of the world. But in communing with God, we find a certain and eternal place to rest our hope.
If we let it, the disappointments in this world can drive us to a place of desperation. The fact that people can be here one day and gone the next is nothing short of hopelessness. When we think about the vanity and fragility of human life, it should numb our desires to hold on to the things of the world. It should urge us to cling tighter to God and focus on the things that He has promised.
God promises true safety, love, restoration, and comfort. The world promises the same things too. The difference is the world’s way is as uncertain as our journey here. Safety is not safe, love is not true, restoration is temporary, and comfort is too quickly turned into grief. But when we place our hope in God, we embrace true happiness and learn that we really do have a God to go to, a God to trust, a God to place our faith in, and a God who not only gives us hope, but who is our hope.
“Hope is called the anchor of the soul, because it gives stability to the Christian life. But hope is not simply a ‘wish’ (I wish that such-and-such would take place); rather, it is that which latches on to the certainty of the promises of the future that God has made.”
— R.C. Sproul