Hope. It’s a short word packed with promise – an expectation that something desirable will happen. Safe to say, with the deadline to file taxes quickly approaching, many of us are hoping for a refund.

All humor aside, I have to admit I’ve put my hope in a lot of things only to end up disappointed:

*people – who later let me down

*money – that didn’t lead to security

*material things – that didn’t bring joy

What satisfies?

So where can I place my hope to find true satisfaction? God’s Word shares some insight, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God,” (Psalm 42:11).

Did you notice that the author of this Psalm wasn’t in a happy place? He was going through the mess of life – and experiencing a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety. What settled his spirit was remembering God’s past goodness. God’s track record gave the psalmist courage to hope again.

It’s true

As I’ve looked back on my own life, I’ve found the same thing to be true. Seeing God’s fingerprints on the path of my life and reviewing all He’s done, gets my eyes off of today’s circumstances and fills me with hope for the future.

Everyday life won’t always be carefree and easy. But far beyond the stressful situations, the big picture is about being conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). I can have confidence that the Lord will finish what He started, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” (Philippians 1:6).

And that’s a hope that won’t disappoint.

Your turn

Do you tend to put your hope in people, money or things to give you satisfaction? Review all God has done in your life. What step will you take today to find your hope in Christ?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for reminding me of Your goodness. Sometimes I hope in the wrong things – forgive me. Help me hope in You, knowing You have good plans for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Maria I. Morgan in an inspirational writer and speaker. She is the award-winning author of Louie’s BIG day! Regardless of the age of her audience, her goal is the same: to share God’s truth and make an eternal difference. Now Available on Amazon: Outrageously Fruitful (a 10-week Bible study for women on the fruit of the Spirit)