Has anyone ever said to you, “Don’t get your hopes up?”
We get our hopes up about getting that job or losing some weight. We put our hope in people, our health, and our finances. These are all good things to have hope in. It’s when we don’t get that job or whatever we hoped for that we can be discouraged and disappointed. Not getting our hopes up helps to protect us from disappointment.
On the other hand, have you ever had your hopes up about something, received it and found out it’s not that great after all? Yes, I have too.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick. Proverbs 13:12
Deferred means withheld or delayed. You’ve probably had hope in something that didn’t happen. It can be heartbreaking. Verse 12 goes on to say, “but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” A desire fulfilled is a blessing and there is life. I’d rather have the latter, wouldn’t you?
Should we get our hopes up? I say yes. Be optimistic. Have faith. Be excited about this new thing that may happen.
My hopes have been crushed in many ways. I’ve also had many blessings in things I’ve hoped for. The older I get there is a shift in what I place my hope in. I’m learning that Jesus wants my hope to be solely in Him.
Our marriage is good but we have room for improvement and I have hopes it will improve. When we put Jesus at the center of our marriage and our Hopes, only then will our union improve.
John and I hope to move south but for now, we are staying put. We have researched areas to move to, we’ve visited some places, talked to others and prayed. One thing God is teaching me in this situation is to move closer to Him more than on the move south.
The Bible meaning of Hope is not wishful thinking kind of hope. The hope of the Bible is confident assurance.
We can get our hopes up because of Jesus. Not for gain on this earth but for our place in eternity. As we confess Jesus as Lord and Savior of our life, He fills us with His confident assurance that He is with us today and forever.
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
My Hope in Him fills my heart with confident assurance that He is with me in my struggles. When I’ve not received the desired results, my hopes in a situation, He reminds me His grace is sufficient. Rest in knowing He wants only the best for me, does not withhold any good thing from me and will see me through.
I hope this song blesses you: Get Your Hopes Up Josh Baldwin