Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
My husband and I have been going through a season of life where we are in the midst of waiting for God’s direction and answer. Praying and waiting, praying and waiting, and praying some more. And still waiting. At times we have said, “I don’t want to get my hopes up.” Mostly for me because someone once told me that if I never get my hopes up, I can never be disappointed. Unfortunately, I sort of believed them.
When we get our hopes up, we start dreaming of new possibilities. We imagine different experiences. It can be thrilling and exciting. But if our hope isn’t fulfilled when we think it should be, our reaction is often to feel disappointed, discouraged, rejected, unwanted, or unloved.
It reminds me of my childhood when I so badly hoped my father would bring me a surprise home from work just because I asked. Often to my disappointment he would come home empty handed. However, there were a few times when he met my request. I was even more ecstatic because my hopes were so high. My anticipation and excitement were matched!
God is definitely not a genie and our relationship with Him is intended to go far deeper than just making wishes. But He is a God of hope.
He wants us to place our hope in Him and give Him our dreams. Our hearts’ deepest longings. We should hope for His greatest blessings, pray persistently (Luke 11:5-10), and pray with expectation (Psalm 5:3).
However, if our hope is not met with the response we want, when or how we want it, we have to realize that what we hoped for was not God’s best plan. Or maybe it just wasn’t His perfect timing. Maybe rather, it was a “not right now.”
Sometimes, instead we are given a new and different perspective, a godly perspective. That alone is a tenfold blessing.
Despite my own beliefs, my father knew what was best for me. Moreso, our Heavenly Father knows even better.
He holds the future. He has plans for me and for you. I don’t know about you, but I want God’s best for my life every. single. day. I want His greater plan. He sees the bigger picture and the opportunities beyond our present moment.
I have to trust that He is choosing to hold out for me His better-next-week’s plans rather than briefly satisfying my own not-as-good-today’s plans.
It’s ok to hope for things we can’t yet see. We should hope and hope high because our God is mighty, powerful, victorious, and able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).
But if our desires are met with silence or resistance, then we must replace our feelings of disappointment with rest in His discretion.
Father, thank You for being our God of Hope! Help me to trust in You with my biggest hopes and dreams, knowing that Your plans and Your timing are perfect. Help me to remember that You work all things together for the good of those that love You, according to Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Further Reading: Romans 8:24-25, 28