In his book, A Layman’s Guide to Applying the Bible, Walter Henrichsen describes 4 approaches people have regarding hope. First there are those who have no hope. Hope may be lost through personal tragedy, chronic illness, or a difficult life of suffering. A life without hope is a difficult life. If hope is not regained in some way, the result is often suicide or deep depression.
More common are those who have misplaced hope. As Paul mentions in today’s verse, they hope in something or someone in this world. It may be something that is good…like children or family. As physicians, we can easily place our hope in achieving success or popularity within our practice of medicine, or the security of our retirement plan.
If we place our hope in this life only…we are most to be pitied.
Children disappoint…success is fleeting…popularity capricious… and retirement plans volatile. We should suspect misplaced hope if we experience volatile mood swings or our attitude is too dependent on circumstances.
God never changes…hope placed on Him is solid and sure.
Hope placed on God brings joy.
Where does your hope lie? Is it on something or someone in this world?
Or is it on Someone who is not of this world?
Prayer: Lord show me where I’ve placed my hope and help me to place it firmly on You and Your promises.