WEEK 6: Hope
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT)
Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favourite scriptures. There is so much that can be said about this verse, but there is one word that I would like us to focus on today (and for the remainder of this week): hope.
The Bible highlights the beauty of hope throughout the Psalms. For example:
- By placing our hope in God, He strengthens our hearts (Ps 31:24)
- God’s mercy falls on us when we hope in Him (Ps 33:22)
- Those who place their hope in God are happy (Ps 146:5)
Hope is a very powerful tool that God has given us as humans, but I think that we don’t fully realise the power it holds to set us free from discouragement and sadness. Part of the reason for this, I believe, is because we have been let down so often that we are too afraid to hope again. Most of the time we don’t feel like our lives are headed for life and goodness as Jeremiah 29:11 says. Most of the time it feels like our future is headed for disaster and chaos.
Sometimes we can be let down because our hope is in the wrong thing altogether (Job 27:8; 31:24).
Psalm 42:5 (and 11) reads: “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Saviour and my God.” (NIV)
I want to challenge you this week to put your hope in God. Try saying Psalm 42:5 to yourself (aloud) every time you feel discouraged or disheartened this week.
Prayer: Thank the Lord for His trustworthiness. Thank the Lord that He is faithful. Thank the Lord that we can put our hope in Him. Praise Him for His mercy and peace. Ask the Lord to fill you with hope. Ask the Lord to help you to place all your hope in Him and His promises and His Word. Ask the Lord to help you to wait patiently on Him while you learn to place your hope in Him from this day on. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with hope and trust in His good, pleasing and perfect plan for your life.