We use the word “hope” often. I hope my child grows to love Jesus. I hope my husband experiences healing here with his rheumatoid arthritis. I hope that you have a good day. I hope you enjoy the holiday season. I hope that I live fully to glorify Christ.
The only place to put my hope “IN” is God–Jesus–the Holy Spirit. Where does my help come from?–from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and earth. If my husband suffers the rest of this life from RA (and thus, I feel that suffering) and my child rebels and never knows Jesus and I see unspeakable tragedy–My hope is still to be found IN God. He is the only stabliizer, the only True One. “The grass withers and the flowers fade but the word of our God stands forever.”
It’s totally okay to hope for things…but our only hope “In” can be found in Christ. Everything else fails and fades and disappoints. He IS MY ROCK AND MY HOPE.