“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
- Hebrews 11: 1 NKJV
This morning I read a quote on hope, posted by a friend on an uplifting WhatsApp group that I am on. The words were very beautiful and positive but it got me thinking truthfully about how I personally feel about this quality and whether or not these words rang true. And I realised I am not a fan of hope.
I can’t help but think of the many months, that became years, of hoping to fall pregnant, that were just futile at that stage of my life. It was then that I came up with the phrase, ‘Hope is a bird with broken wings, that still believes it can fly’. Hope, to me, is like forced and misplaced positivity. It is about wanting something and trying to be positive about that thing magically coming your way, yet it is superficial, without substance and can never really ever get you where you need to go.
If life is a lake that has frozen over, hope is the ice on top. It gives the impression you can walk safely across the surface to the other side, where in fact a few steps in and the ice will crack and you will fall through, all surprised. There is nothing solid underneath.
What is solid? What will give you security?
For me personally, it is faith.
Hope has been fickle and fleeting in my life, where faith has carried me through and has held me during dark moments, when all else failed.
Faith has built me up and given me the strength to try again.
Faith is built on substance, on Scripture, on God’s word and presence in our life. There are many things we can control and manifest in our lives with mere positive thinking, but there are a million more that we cannot. Yet, with God, all things are possible. This is something I know to be true as I have lived this proof time and time again. When all else has failed, faith has prevailed.
Where Hope says, “I am sure this will work”, ‘I am pretty positive’; Faith says “I know it will.”
So have hope in your hearts for sure, but more importantly allow its foundation to be built with faith.
“So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
- Mathew 17: 20 NKJV