Dare to Hope?

Posted: July 19, 2011 by clairer in Hope

“Mrs. Lynde says, ‘Blessed are they who expect nothing for they shall not be disappointed.’ But I think it would be worse to expect nothing than to be disappointed.” — Anne from Anne of Green Gables

When it comes to hoping, are you a Mrs. Lynde — careful and guarded from disappointment — or are you an Anne — fully enjoying the expectation but leaving yourself vulnerable? Has there ever been something you really wanted, but you didn’t let yourself think about it or “get your hopes up” in order to shield yourself from an unfavorable outcome?

I know that in my life, I tend to ascribe to Mrs. Lynde’s philosophy. Often, I’m afraid to let myself hope — to let myself think that things might just turn out the way I’d love for them to — because I’m afraid of the hurt that I will feel if things don’t turn out. Hoping for the best can lead to experiencing the worst, in terms of hurt and disappointment.

That’s why I was surprised when I stumbled upon a verse in my morning devotions. Romans 5:5 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.”

Wait a second…hope doesn’t disappoint? Isn’t that backwards? Didn’t the Bible mean to say “Low expectations don’t disappoint?” How can the Bible encourage us to hope?

The Bible can say that hope doesn’t disappoint because God doesn’t disappoint. The key is, what are we hoping in? The Bible isn’t telling us that dreams won’t disappoint, or wishful thinking won’t disappoint, or that everything we hope for will happen. What it is saying is that when our hope is in the right place — when our trust and security is found in God and His promises — we don’t need to be afraid that God won’t come through for us.

God doesn’t want us to go through life blind and cold to the possibilities He has provided. That excitement and sense of expectancy are part of how God made us! The feeling of anticipation is a gift from God meant to be enjoyed. The key is not to base your hope in the thing desired but in God. If that object of joy is taken away, can you still delight in the good plan of God? If tragedy strikes, can you still rejoice in a faithful and ever-present God?

It’s when you can do these things, when you can say “Whatever my lot, you have taught me to say, it is well with my soul,” that you know your hope is rooted in the right place. When our hope is in the Lord, we can dare to hope and never fear disappointment.

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Comments
  1. tonyrossell says:

    Well said. Thank you.

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