According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, to expect is:
- to anticipate or look forward to the coming or occurrence of
- to consider probable or certain
That sounds just like the biblical definition of hope, which is my Word of the Year for 2017. And hope is exactly what I’m needing to hold onto today.
This has been a difficult week for our family, a week of problems that in ourselves we have no solution for. But it has also been a week of choosing to hold onto hope. Hope that our problems, while they seem huge to us, are not too big for God.
This has been a week of expectancy, of believing that God is able to meet the needs we have no way to handle on our own. Of expecting His help. It has been a time of wondering how God is going to come through for us this time, but still trusting that He will.
When we fail to stand in hope in the midst of difficult circumstances, fear and anxiety invade our hearts. My decision this week has been to win over worry and fear by holding onto God’s Word.
“There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”
Proverbs 23:18 NIV
“We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.”
Psalm 33:20 NIV
“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
Psalm 27:14 NIV