Pastor John‘s message yesterday (29 June 2014) on “Building Blocks – Hope” made me reflect on my hope experiences.
Apart from asking myself how I may be able to share or give hope to others, I also contemplated on the quality of hope I am able to give.
Who is able to give true hope in a world with so many unfulfilled promises? God is building something in us and the capacity to both live and communicate hope is one of the ‘building blocks’.
My hope experiences had taught me that it’s only when I put my total and absolute trust on what God can do that I am able to hope completely in God.
I have learned that to experience real hope, I need to “let go 100% and let God 100%”.
What makes hope less is the human element portion that we put in. I contemplate that on the one hand, any iota of hope I placed on my personal capabilities also, on the other hand, becomes my germ of doubt on God’s power.
This doubt germ, if always present in situations that demand my hoping in God, easily germinates invading the Godly element and bringing about hopelessness.
Thus, the hopeless situation was settled more on my personal effort rather than on God’s Almighty power.
Looking back at the many hopeless instances I went through, I realised that what made me feel hopeless and desperate was when I focused more on what I can do, cracking my brain trying to sort out possible solutions.
However, when I let go and put my hands up in full surrender, accepting my incapability and focusing intently on what God can do, anticipating the solution He already had for me, my hope arises.
Then peace and quiet govern my body and spirit because my hope is God and Him alone.
Friends, may this short reflection inspire you to evaluate your hope experiences.
May our hope grow more and more as we build it on nothing less but Jesus Christ.
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