When the Holy Spirit imprinted the truth that God is good when everything else is not I felt an emotion I'd yet to feel in times of question, pain and struggle. I felt hope. I learned in that moment what it was for my hope to be in the Lord. Circumstances and people will always fail us but God is always good because HE IS goodness. I realized on my jog that I could rest and even be happy and joyful in that truth. I wish I could report that after that precious moment with God I've always remembered that.
In the Psalms David says some pretty radical things about hope:
"Why my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my savior and my God." (42:5) "Yes. my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him." (62:5) "the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love." (147:11) I particularly like this last one: not just because it says how I can have the Lord be delighted with me but because it reminds me that His love is unfailing.
Newsboys sings a song called "Breakfast," it's one of their more famous songs and even though it causes their fans to bring Cap'n Crunch to their concerts to throw around, one line has always stood out to me apart from the witty ways they incorporate breakfast foods into the song, "those here without the Lord how do you cope? For this morning we don't mourn like those who have no hope." I admit right here that I mourn for what I do not have as if I am one who does not call Jesus "friend." I am not skilled with memory of scripture or a life that even comes close to modeling Christ-like behavior, but because I have accepted Christ as God's Son and the only Way to our Father: this is not what God sees when he looks at me. And he patiently instructs the very willing Spirit to work with me where I am at, to communicate mercy, forgiveness and acceptance and to teach me these things at the height of my selfishness. With hope in Jesus comes humility and a knowledge of just how undeserving I really am of this love He has for me.
Isaiah tells me not to be discouraged, "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (40:31) Paul reminds me that "For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?" During this uncertain time in my life Paul says in 1-Timothy that money should not be valued. "Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment." (6:17)