Hope is a dangerous thing.
I remember my favorite actor, Morgan Freeman, saying that in one of my favorite movies, “The Shawshank Redemption.”
In the movie, all of the lead stars were prisoners, in prison with long sentences ahead of them. Most had been in there their entire adult lives.
Freeman’s character, “Red”, was telling a new inmate that for those imprisoned with no end or liberty in sight, hope can be a dangerous thing. It can cause you to go crazy – waiting on and anxiously anticipating the unseen.
But the “new fish” in the cell block, “Andy”, rebuffed that analysis. He countered that in fact, in times of imprisonment, hope is the strongest tool one has to not just make it, to survive, but to do so with some peace and even confidence.
There are so many imprisoned today. Not just in the literal sense of serving time, but in the figurative as well.
There are those who feel trapped in dead-end jobs, relationships, circumstances, and storms.
Some feel like they’ll never crawl from beneath the boulder of debt (raises both hands), fear, guilt, or shame crushing them.
There are those who’ve been fighting for liberty from injustices and past wrongs; addictions and disappointments; pain and sadness.
If that’s you, and you’re reading this desperate for some sign that God has not forgotten you in your struggle, I say to you, KEEP HOPE ALIVE.
Hope is what keeps you open and aware during your struggle so that when your breakthrough comes you’ll know it, you’ll be expecting it, and you won’t prolong your stay going through hell.
Hope is what drives you to pray harder, work smarter, and zero in on what lies ahead with expectation and faith-filled promise that tomorrow will be better than your today.
I’d agree with Red, too, and say that hope is indeed a dangerous thing. It sets you apart from others, giving you a divine confidence. Hope will make you creative and bold. It’ll give you wisdom and reveal new levels of faith.
Hope was how Peter, Paul, Silas, Daniel, and 3 Hebrew Boys not only made it out of their trials, their prisons, but remained standing throughout their ordeals.
And it’s how you are and will, too.
Allow yourself to hope in the Lord. That hope, that belief in your gut that God didn’t bring you all the way here to leave you, to let this one situation take you out, is where you’ll draw the strength you need to stand.
Hope in the Lord. Hope for better days in your finances, your health, your relationships, your jobs, and your prayers. Hope because you know His promises and because His word is still true: He will never leave you, never forsake you.
Hope even when the people behind you and around you say you’re crazy and look at you funny.
Hope when the devil tries to make things even worse.
Hope when you’ve done all that you know how to.
Hope when your last dollar was gone days ago and it feels like you’ve got nowhere to turn.
Hope because it gives God a clear path to show up and show off on your behalf, in your situation.
Hope because when you’re cornered God stands before you to fight your battle and lead you clear out.
Because hope, you see, holds the key to your breakthrough.
Hope makes you dangerous because when you’ve decided to not accept what you see as the end then there’s nothing around you that can hurt you or hold you back anymore.
I HOPE that something I’ve written here confirms for you that God has heard your prayers and seen your tears.
He knows the bills are due.
He knows what the doctors have said.
He knows you don’t want to be alone, that you want to have a child.
He knows you’re tired and lonely and sad.
He sees you.
And all He needs to turn it all around for you is your hope.
So, as the Bible says in Romans 15:13 AMP, may the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.
Live dangerously today. Keep your hope alive.