I recently purchased a decorative plaque to hang on the wall that has a version Romans 5:3-5 on it. The theme is Hope. The plaque says:
Because suffering produces perseverance
I think I get so caught up in the idea of God’s will versus my own that I forget I’m expected to be hopeful. What I mean by that is I am so sure that what I want and am hopeful for is probably not what’s in God’s will for me that I am afraid to ask.
The rest of the verse says “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (Romans 3:5). This tells me that if my heart is hoping for something, and I am truly seeking God with my life, it is put there by His love and the Holy Spirit. Wow.
I am so often fearful of the disappointment, that I often forget or even refuse to hope. More often than not, I talk myself out of hope. What a sad state of life! It is not at all what I am called to! By stifling hope, which is built out of prayer and walking with the Lord, I am causing my own disappointment, but more importantly stifling the work of the Spirit! My false humility may actually be hindering God’s glory in myself or others.
Currently, there are a couple of “situations” (I use that word only because I can’t think of anything else to classify them as) where I have rejected hope. Last night, I truly prayed out of the heart asking the Lord for the things my heart was secretly hoping for inside. I have not felt that peace and confidence in what I hope for in a long time. I don’t know if God will answer them as I would like (I am learning to hope that He will), but perhaps they are there so I learn to be hopeful.