The Beginning and End of Hope
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. (Psalm 62:5 ESV
We readily accept that our hope is in Christ but perhaps this can lead us to an incomplete picture.
Look at v. 5 again. “for my hope is FROM him.” Yes we have a hope in God but don’t overlook that this hope is from God. He is both the source and the fulfillment of the promise of hope. God is the start/finish line of our hope.
Without the Spirit of God working in us we are unable to manufacture true hope and without Christ and his resurrection and victory we have nothing to anchor our Hope.
Look at Romans 15:13 (emphasis is mine)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13 ESV)
When facing trials, suffering, fear, or uncertainty God does NOT say “Good luck go muster up some Hope” rather he waits for us to turn to him in prayer and stillness to give Him the opportunity to grow Hope in us.
This understanding should bring us rest and lead us to being more desperate for God. (Funny how so much of following God is continually confessing how utterly unable I am to do it in my own power.)
A hope that is planted by Him can sustain through any storm.
A hope that is secured in Him will never fall short.