We all know how the rest of the song goes, “My HOPE is found…” And there are so many more words that could be substituted there. For instance: strength, peace, joy, humility, patience, you name it. So if every good, noble, righteous thing is found in Christ, why do we still seek it out from people, things, and promises of this world? Why do we look for it in ourselves? Cause Lord knows, those are the LAST places we should be looking!
What is the underlying reason for hoping in things of the world when God is enough? Here are a few of my thoughts:
- Putting our hope in temporal things – things that are tangible, things that we can manipulate to satisfy our selfishness – may seem more convenient than placing our hope in an intangible, but altogether REAL God who is unbound by our conniving methods.
- We think God is quicker to let us down as opposed to other people/situations. At least then we have some semblance of control of how things work together for our good (so we think…).
- We are too comfortable settling for and/or letting our happiness depend on something we may lose.
How long can we really last with the worldly desires that wage war against our souls? Let me tell you, fam, cause the answer is simple: not long at all. We lose our identity in the blind, vain pursuit of worldly solutions. As if that’s not enough, we all feel the weight of living SELF-CONTROLLED, MORAL, and GODLY lives in this present world because, let’s face it, we don’t like limitations on what we can and can’t do. We absolutely HATE being told what to do and what not to do.
I’m speaking to myself as much as I am to you when I say this: please don’t set yourself up for failure by trusting in people and possessions that will inevitably disappoint you, destroy a part of you, and leave you feeling empty. As Luke 9:25 reminds us, “It is worth nothing for you to have the whole world if you yourself are destroyed or lost.” And who does that benefit?