A TAINTED HOPE | To the Woman Struggling with Her Hope
In this life, we hope for many things. We hope for good health, stable finances, good marriages, blessed friendships, loving relationships, a wholesome education, and the list goes on and on. We spend this life hoping for certain things to take place in our life. But along the way, the issues of life can taint our hope if it is not planted in God and His sovereignty.
Tainted: something contaminated or polluted.
Hope: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
Expectation: a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future.
A number of things can come along and taint our hope: life circumstances, opinions of others, disobedience, trust issues, comparing yourself/life to others, etc.
Ultimately, our hope becomes tainted, contaminated, and polluted when it's not SOLELY in God; when it's not in Jesus Christ.
One day, after work, I was talking to a friend about relationships, marriage, and love. In the midst of our conversation, I blurred out of my mouth "Girl; I don't even get my hopes up anymore." When I heard those words leave my mouth, I realized that along the way my hope had become tainted and that's not the way God wants me or you to live.
Having a tainted hope is heartbreaking because it affects our trust in God; it influences how we view the power/sovereignty of God and how we live and see ourselves.
You won't be able to see yourself as God sees you. It will affect your view of what God can do (i.e. If God gives you a word, gives you a dream, an idea, a vision - that tainted hope will stagnate you into NOT doing what God said or halt you into NOT reaching out to get what God has promised). It torments your faith. It brews doubt and fear. It can cause depression and sadness. But thank God, we don’t have to live in hopelessness if we abide in Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit lead me to Jeremiah 17:7-8 and began to minister to me regarding my hope issues. Maybe what I learned will help you as well.
7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is in the Lord.
The Bible calls those, whose TRUST and HOPE are in the Lord, “blessed.” Regardless of what it looks like or feels like, when your trust and hope is in the Lord, you are blessed.
8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
Those whose hope is in the Lord will be like trees planted by rivers of water. Trees that are planted by water are strong and well-nourished.
These trees don’t fear when heat comes (and heat will come) but instead of drying out and dying, these trees, because their hope is in God, maintain green leaves. These trees don’t become anxious when drought (a prolonged period of dryness, shortage of something significant) comes – through droughts come; they still produce fruit.
My desire is for my hope to be like this tree. Strong, well-nourished, able to stand through heat, persevere through times of drought, and ultimately yielding abundant fruit.
The only way to maintain our hope in seasons of heat and in seasons of drought is for it to be planted in God.
How do I plant my hope in God?
Find a bible based church home. Sit, be watered by the Word of God, and grow. Don’t run or uproot yourself when the heat and drought come (because sis, it’s coming) – stay planted resting in the fact that you are by water – water that is provided by God Himself.
Pray, talk to God on a daily basis – He is waiting to have a conversation with you. Pour out your heart before Him.
Read your Word and if you don’t understand it – pray and ask God to give you an understanding.
Develop your own personal relationship with the Father. The Father is real, the Holy Spirit is real, Jesus is real and God longs to have a relationship with us.
Lastly, repent of your sins and turn away from whatever is hindering you from fully connecting with God. Christ died for our sin, and you can be free if you desire. Will it be easy? Not at all. It’s going to require a fight – a full-blown spiritual fight, but with the help of Jesus Christ, it can be done.
I pray this encourages you to hope again and truly plant your hope in the Lord.
Millicent Rose | DPW Guest Writer
My name is Millicent. I’ll be 29 on November 6th. I’m a pediatric nurse and currently in graduate school. I love helping people and taking care of sick children. God has done so many amazing things in my life, and I’m grateful that He wants to be in a relationship with me (even though I have attempted to push Him away at times). Hope that what I have shared here encourages you to keep pressing forward!