I know the Sunday school answer to this question is “Jesus.” But I also know my own heart and my tendency to want something more tangible in which to place my hope.
If our marriage is failing, we might place our hope in couples counseling or a strategy for changing our spouse. If we are struggling financially, we might place our hope in working overtime toward a promotion at work. If we are battling health issues, we might place our hope in a knowledgeable doctor or the statistical outcome of a specific treatment. If we are stressed about the political climate and the direction of our country, we may place our hope in getting our candidate into office.
Godly counsel, diligence, knowledgeable doctors, sound leadership . . . none of these things are bad. There’s nothing wrong with pursuing these things. But they shouldn’t be our source of abiding hope, because the hope they give will be short-lived. They won’t satisfy our deepest fears and doubts regarding our struggles.
The only hope that will truly satisfy is our hope in the Lord.
Psalm 62:5 says: “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.”
No matter what we face this week, our Heavenly Father is the only source of rock-solid hope and unshakeable salvation.