Five Minute Friday: Hope


I’ve been forced to ask myself lately, “When I pray, what is my hope in?” Is my hope in the longed for answer? If so, my hope is in my own imagination, how I want things to be. Is my hope in the change of the person I am praying for? If so, my hope is in another person’s decision. Is my hope in being able to understand what is going on in the midst of a confusing situation? If so, my hope is in my own wisdom.

My hope can only be in God, in His work. While I can “hope” that a person will change and turn from their evil ways and follow God, my hope cannot be in that, because the person might not choose to do so. That is when I am disappointed, that is why I am confused when I read “hope does not disappoint.” It is a fine thing to know that God can do all things, but it is equally important to know He does not do all things.

I don’t know the balance, nor can I ever understand how God works things. But I know He said to pray, and I know He said to hope in Him, not in my circumstances, not in other people. In that hope, I will never be disappointed.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. carrie says:

    I can relate to those thoughts of disappointment. Thank you for the reminder to pray to God giving him the circumstances that bring those thoughts of disappointment along with it.
    Carrie (visiting from FMF)

    1. sarasamomx5 says:

      Carrie, I tried to leave this response on your post about your son’s u/s but the anti-spam kept making me answer question after question so I am posting it here:

      (((Huge hug from Cali))) I have faced a hard diagnosis after an u/s (my second has a congenital diaphragmatic hernia). I know how shocking it is and the struggle (often in dealing with other people and their uneducated and sometimes insensitive responses, *sigh*) throughout. I will keep you in my prayers. God gives us such amazing strength to get through these things. He is with you and I pray that each step of the way you will feel that presence and see His hand do amazing things. Many, many blessings to you.


  2. Amber says:

    “but it is equally important to know He does not do all things.” How great is that line? Really mind blowing. I was just reading a study on Habbukuk and the ideas go together. Just because He can doesn’t mean He will. Can I be okay that? I will be chewing on this today. Stopping by from #fmfparty

    1. sarasamomx5 says:

      Yeah, I know. It’s such a balance. I am a positive type person and I just naturally think that things will be OK, and when I pray I go at it the same way. But sometimes God doesn’t act in the way I thought He would or should and then I really see where my trust truly is. It is SO hard some times.

  3. denise says:

    thanks for sharing this truth.

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