Much discouragement and depression are caused by disappointment. Especially when things we expected and hoped for don’t happen. The following scripture is so true:
“Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around”. Proverbs 13:12
Good news: There are great “turn around” scriptures, actually promises, re hope! Here is one of my favorites….Jeremiah 29:11-14 (Message Bible)
“I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.”
The same verse in the NIV Bible says “plans to prosper you“. That word “prosper” means to be completely whole; at peace. It is a harmony that comes from the Lord creating an order or structure for all things to work together for good to those who love Him and called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
Hmmmm sounds to me like what we hope for doesn’t just automatically come into reality. Nor can we talk about hope without looking at faith….faith being the substance ….the tangible source, that brings into existence what we hope for. By faith we create that which is not yet visible. Not by our self-will, but by our faith based on the hope of God’s Word. Hebrews 11:1
Once we catch the foundational truth that God is His Word, and there is no shadow, change or flakiness to Him….that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever…..wow, then we can be excited about His promises to us.
The key is being excited enough to get serious and go after God & His promises more than anything else. It’s called passion.
To be passionate is to be ablaze, ardent, and fervent about something or someone we pursue with extreme zeal and enthusiasm.
We will pursue whatever we are passionate about. It’s easy to see where our heart is by looking at where we spend most of our time and money. If our passion isn’t building the reality of our hopes & dreams, we need to refocus our heart back to our first love and ask God to give us the focus and passion He has purposed for us!
I pray we become a people passionate for the truth and reality of God’s hope / future for us. It’s about becoming you were created to be and do what you have been gifted to do!