Without hope it is impossible to dream. Without hope there is no value for life. Hope should be something that we know how to put on like a coat anytime we need it. We should know how to keep it on no matter what the circumstances. God placed two trees in the garden. One was called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the other the tree of life. It’s very interesting to think about these trees; because reality, reason, and comparison are products of the knowledge of good and evil. There is no greater thief of hope than reality, reason, and comparison; whereas the re-spawning of desire through hope is the tree of life. The tree of life is associated to hope in Proverbs 13:12, “Hope put off makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” When you and I are able to put our hope back on, then we will have access to the tree of life. The tree of life was given to mankind by God to live in continual and everlasting life. According to Proverbs 13, hope is something that we can put off. If that is the case, we then should be able to put it on just as easily as putting on a coat.
How is that? The same way we put on a shirt, suit, or coat! Before you and I put on our clothes we get a mental picture of what we desire to wear at the moment. We then go to the closet and take out what we desire to be dressed with today. Dressing ourselves always involves seeing the unseen. Have you ever thought, “I am going to wear that red dress or I am going to wear that blue shirt” and then you go to your closet to find that the dress or shirt is missing? The excitement of being absolutely sure of what you are planning on wearing wasn’t in the place that you imagined. You are now puzzled! You say to yourself “where is that dress?” Or “where is that shirt?” You start looking everywhere for it. Why? Because your imagination stimulated an emotional desire to wear that exact item. That is how hope works. Rom 8:24 says, “For we are saved by hope. But hope that is seen is not hope; for what anyone sees, why does he also hope for it? 25 But if we hope for that which we do not see, then we wait for it with patience. Hope helps you and me tap into the unseen through faith. We must have hope that we can be saved from a circumstance. We must then be able to see what it looks like and feels like to be saved. Finally we must wait patiently for the salvation that we are hoping for to save us.
Hope is the key to any salvation. Everyone is saved through hope. If you were somehow stuck on a life raft in the Pacific Ocean, hope is what kicks in to help you come up with ideas of how you might be saved. Hope will give you creative ideas that will help you think of ways to survive. If hope leaves then your imagination will feed you ways that you could die. Hope should never be based upon what is possible or easy. Hope is from God and therefore should be based upon the invisible. The scientist whose hope is to prove God wrong is using his or her God-given ability to hope in what they do not see: finding the missing link, understanding the first element that created the Big Bang, just to prove that what they do not see is not to be seen. I know! It’s an idiotic thought. The search for the unseen is the tree of life. A curious creator has made us and we are his very image of curiosity and creativity. Always seeking something greater, better, bigger, is the product of hope. Mankind kills because they can get what they want without hope and patience. Hope tries to spark value in mankind but mankind only wants it now and refuses the best friend of hope, which is patience. Hope and patience partner up to guarantee that life will stay exciting with new uncharted courses and discoveries. Seeing what you have been hoping for only releases you to hope again for something new. Hope that is seen is not hope at all. Don’t lose the joy of the journey just to see the destination.
Read this next scripture several times before you continue to read on.
Romans 15:13 And may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
We have fallen so in love with having that we miss what God is trying to fill us up with. The God of hope is trying to fill us up with joy and peace through the process of believing. I have always believed that having is where my joy and peace was going to come from. But believing is where real joy and peace come from because we are no longing believing in circumstances, but believing in the God of hope. God doesn’t even want us to trust in our own ability to hope. The God of hope has sent His Spirit of hope into us so that we have an abundance of hope through the power of the Holy Spirit and not through the power of having. The Holy Spirit sheds His hope and faith abroad in our hearts through love. The Holy Spirit assures us that The Lord Jesus has come to give us life and that life is the most abounding life that mankind could ever live. Look at this word abounding with me from the Greek text, Abound: περισσεύω per-is-syoo’-o from 4053; to superabound (in quantity or quality), be in excess, be superfluous; also (transitively) to cause to superabound or excel:–(make, more) abound, (have, have more) abundance (be more) abundant, be the better, enough and to spare, exceed, excel, increase, be left, redound, remain (over and above). That’s amazing right! You should read every one of those with hope following. Describe the kind of hope you are going to live in through the help of the Holy Spirit. Super-abounding hope! My favorite would have to be “superfluous hope!” Yahoo!
The hope that we are to walk in has nothing to do with this earth. It’s other-worldly! It’s from the unseen, originating in the throne room itself from the God of hope Himself, accessible through Jesus Himself and delivered to us through the Holy Spirit Himself. If we do as Heb 6:
19 instructs us, “which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil,”
We will never be limited by the circumstances of this world. Our hope will be high above everything that this world has to offer and we will keep our hope in eternity. Anchor your soul, thoughts, feelings, and emotions in heaven at the feet of God, trusting that all of your answers come from the Father of Lights from whom all good things come. This will keep us always hoping in a better day and for changed circumstance.
If you and I live in this way, people will want to know how we could be so cool and collected in the face of a famine, like Abraham, or so relaxed like Daniel in the den with lions. We must be ready to answer where our hope comes from. We find this thought in, 1 Peter 3:15 but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to everyone who asks you a reason of the hope in you, with meekness and fear;. When you and I have a good answer to why we are not freaking out when everyone else is, we sanctify The Lord in our hearts and in the hearts of those who hear our report. Meditate on Psalms 27:14 Hope in the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall make your heart strong; yea, hope in the LORD. When problems arise, you and I must immediately stop thinking about our problems and start thinking about God, His promise, and where he has helped in the past. Hopelessness is usually the product of forgetting how God has been good to us already. Hopelessness and ungratefulness function together as partners.
Lam 3:16 He also broke my teeth with gravel; He has covered me in the ashes. 17 And You cast off my soul from peace; I have forgotten blessedness. 18 And I said, My strength and my hope from the LORD are gone. 19 Remember my affliction and my wandering, as wormwood and bitterness. 20 My soul vividly remembers and bows down on me. 21 I recall this to my mind; therefore I hope. 22 It is by the LORD’s kindnesses that we are not destroyed, because His mercies never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. 24 The LORD is my portion, says my soul; therefore I will hope in Him. 25 The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. 26 It is good that one should hope for the salvation of the LORD, even in silence.
It wasn’t until the writer vividly remembered the goodness of the Lord that he humbled himself. Pride keeps us looking to what we don’t have, whereas humility causes us to be thankful for what we do have. His recall of the good things made hope return. Use your imagination to vividly remember the good things and hope will always follow good thoughts. The Lord is your hope and salvation, wait for Him. Wait for Him in rejoicing or wait for Him in silence, He will never forsake you, He will arise from His place and save you.