You can’t have one without the other.

It seems to me that hope is a quality often mentioned, but rarely discussed. It’s a virtue which we all know we should possess, but when it comes right down to it, it’s one of the hardest things to grasp. In Utopia, hope is the force that drives all men. Hope keeps love alive and encourages truth and goodness to press on. Hope keeps fair maiden singing in the tallest tower, and hope keeps bold knight ever searching for her.

But really… Life is real. As much as we might want there to be a pure, untouched hope that will someday triumph… As much as our souls may cry “true love conquers all!” We are only human.  We are fickle, we are weak, we are untrue.  Disappointment is too common and hardship too expected. Are you sad yet?

Here’s the good news. God, the Almighty, knows all about our struggle for hope. here’s what the Bible has to say about it.

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust (or hope) in you. Isaiah 26:3

God is not a human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? Numbers 23:19

God, the one and only— I’ll wait as long as he says. Everything I hope for comes from him, so why not? Psalm 62:5

The thing about hope… We are allowed to have it. You could even say that we are… required to hope. He made it so.

There are times in your life when you could  choose to get discouraged… You could choose to be downcast… or you could choose to give glory to the God of hope. Everything you hope for comes from him anyway.

Bottom line here is… be brave. Take courage. Hope is scary. But the kind of scary that will someday wrap its strong arms around you and say, “Thank you for not giving up.” And then it won’t be so scary anymore.

I am eternally grateful for the situations, things, and people in my life. I learn so much everyday. I am blessed beyond belief. And with His help, I will be brave. I will take courage. I will have hope.

That is all.

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