Deciding to Hope In God

“And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

— Romans 5:5

The Bible has a good bit to say about the matter of our thinking. The Bible teaches that we have the power to govern our thoughts and, therefore, we are responsible for our thinking. Now most people don’t think that we are. They believe that thinking is just something that goes on all of the time and is almost beyond our control.

And there certainly is a steady stream of thinking that goes on and I suppose it goes on in everyone. It goes on in my head—I can’t see what is going on in yours. I trust you are not like the young farm boy who came to work at a farm and the owner was a little concerned about this young fella and he said to him, “John, what do you do in your spare time?” “Well,” he said, “sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits.”

But we can control our thinking. We can just let the chips fall where they may or we can choose to hope in God. As the prayer states: “God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good. Prayers go up. Blessings come down. Believe it, receive it, one day closer to home.”

The Bible tells us that whatever comes our way, we should put our hope in God. As has been said, we should not doubt in the dark what God has shown us in the light. This is hope anchored in reality. It is a hope based on the very character and revelation of God, who confirmed His Word, and who raised Jesus from the dead. By God’s grace, we need not think of things that cause us to be despondent, but to instead, hope in God.

Give us the strength today so that our thoughts and the meditations of our hearts will be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord our strength and our Redeemer…