Jesus Thinking Outloud

Afraid to Hope

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Written by Lesa

Have you ever found yourself afraid to hope? Has life ever presented circumstances so terrible that you would rather be fearful than be hopeful because it’s easier? 

I know that in my life it usually comes down to a fear of being disappointed in the outcome, a fear of being disappointed in God – whom I love and trust implicitly – if He allows life to not go the way I had planned. It is so easy to forget His faithfulness, even though I do trust His plan and do not doubt that His plan is best for all of us.

When things don’t go as we had planned, do we run from God or run TO God? Why is it so easy for us to discard our faith just because things get tough? Why don’t we trust His proven faithfulness to be present in our own lives?

Fear is easy but hope is excruciating.

Fear is comfortable, expected, the “rational response.” Hope requires vulnerability and trust. Hope requires faith. Hope is hard. Hope is vulnerable. It seems irrational in some situations.

We speculate and try to guess what’s going to happen. So much wondering, not enough trusting.

When I am in situations like this, where fear of what the future holds overtakes me, I stop and force myself to remember the Truth: that God is good, loving, and sovereign; that He is faithful and has never abandoned us; that we serve the same God of the Bible who healed the sick and who raised people from the dead! Jesus Himself was resurrected after being in the tomb for three days!

Jesus repeatedly told His disciples to not be afraid, and that nothing is impossible for God (Matthew 19:26, Luke 1:37). Nothing!

If He told His disciples to not be fearful, don’t you think that applies to us as well?

 “So you have not received a spirit
that makes you fearful slaves.
Instead, you received God’s Spirit when
he adopted you as his own children.”
– Romans 8:15 

Even when we can’t see what God is doing, we still need to trust Him and follow His lead. We need to stop creating scenes in our head and instead trust the One who wrote the entire play.

 “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God
and are called according to his purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28

If God is for us, who can ever be against us?…Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love?
Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?
 As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day;
we are being slaughtered like sheep.”
No, despite all these things,
overwhelming victory is ours through Christ,
who loved us.

And I am convinced that nothing can
ever separate us from God’s love.

Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,
neither our fears for today nor
our worries about tomorrow—

not even the powers of hell
can separate us from God’s love.

No power in the sky above or in the earth below—
indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able

to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
– Romans 8:31, 35-39

If we believe that the Bible is true, that it is the very Word of God, then why don’t we trust what it says when life isn’t easy? 

Sometimes we aren’t meant to understand right now – we are meant to trust Him and keep on walking. Our God is never late. Our God loves us deeply and created us with purpose. He will bring good out of bad situations in HIS timing, in HIS way; we need to trust Him in this and with this.

“I refuse to let what I don’t know keep me from worshiping what I do know.” – Heather Zempel

Don’t let fear rule your life; instead, remember the One who created you, who loves you, and who is FOR you.

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