Last time we discussed the fact that faith doesn’t work if there’s no hope. However, hope doesn’t always work, either. There is a very specific reason that I want to look at in this post.
Last time I gave you fresh understanding on how faith and hope work together…and…< swish > there goes the rug. What do you mean that hope doesn’t always work??
Hope Must Have The Correct Focus
There are times when I’ve caught myself being a “confident feeling” chaser. But, when my focus was on chasing the feeling, it turned out much like chasing butterflies. It doesn’t work out. The butterflies very often seem to be practicing their wind sprints. They are just as easy to catch as nailing jello to a tree on a hot day. (I’ve used that metaphor before, as you may remember…cuz I like it :))
The Focus Must Be God & His Character
Looking to our emotions to see whether or not they are producing confident feelings will always disappoint. The object of re-establishing hope daily is not the same thing as “pumping ourselves up” every day. That’s not the same as refreshing hope. And, that kind of “wishful thinking hope” won’t work. It.won’t.produce.
God is the author of what we call hope. It’s poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit as we look to Him and remind ourselves of the faithfulness of His character.
We discover the re-filling of hope as we re-focus our eyes – like Peter in the storm – on Jesus. That’s the kind of hope beyond hope that attacks and gives confidence to actions of faith.