We've curated a 3 piece blog that questioned three different people, all in different walks of life, on what the word "Hope" means to them. This is part two, written by Kayla Broadrick.
Hope: The Turning Point in the Lives of Men
Hope is defined as a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen. Think of the feeling you get when you think everything is lost- that there is no longer a purpose to it all, and that you cannot continue. Hope is when you recognize there is a light flickering in the distance that could grow and turn the whole story around if only you could reach it.
All good stories hinge on the feeling of hope. If you were watching a movie and had no hope that the guy would get the girl, the underdog would win in the end, or that the characters would live happily ever after, would you continue watching? Hope is that feeling of expectation that things can change for the better.
Often I think of the world I live in and how many people live in darkness. Some have hope, but they are hoping in things that are temporary. Some have hope, but they are hoping in things that are not true. Some have lost hope all together.
The Bible says that the only true hope is in the Lord. According to Jeremiah 17:7 (KJV), “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.” When hope is in the Lord, it is what changes man’s perspective on the future.
One of the most poignant scriptures on hope is also penned by Jeremiah in the book of Lamentations. Aptly named, the book is the account of all of the woes Jeremiah faced in his life. In chapter 3, the reader is brought to the precipice of the fall where all hope is lost only to be interjected by verses 21-22:
“This is recall to mind; therefore I have hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. His mercies are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” (KJV)
Do you feel it bubbling within you? That feeling of joy rising up inside like it is about to burst forth? That’s hope. This is the turning point in the lives of men… finding a true source of hope in the Lord changes everything.
As I work every day in a nation filled with hopelessness and injustices, it is easy to forget that even when situations are out of my control, I can hope in the Lord. I see hope in the twinkle in the eyes of a student who catches a glimpse of the love God has for them, or in the joy on a mother’s face as she recognizes there is Someone greater who is fighting her battles for her. Hope in the Lord is hope that never fails. Hope in the Lord allows us to know that we are never alone. Hope in the Lord is found when we read the verse:
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace, In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (KJV)
Take heart. We have a perfect Father fight for us. This is hope.
Kayla Broadrick works for Agape International Missions in Cambodia. You can usually find her speaking Khmer (the language of Cambodia) which she is fluent in. She loves to make new friends, and spread love to every person- stranger or friend.