Why is it that we are so easily disappointed by others, especially in loving, committed relationships?
We hope that we will be heard
We hope that we will not be hurt
We hope we will be treated with respect
We hope that they will be faithful
We hope that our love will last forever
And yet hurtful words and actions, arguments, break-ups and divorce can lead to a path of hopelessness.
The Greek word for “hope” in the Bible is elpís meaning “to anticipate or welcome” properly, expectation of what is sure (certain); hope.
It is important to know the difference between what we hope for on a human level and what we hope for in Christ Jesus.The hope we place in relationships is nothing more than the hope, desire, or anticipation of what may or may not occur. It is possible, but not always probable. Tweet This!
To have expectations of someone with the hope that they will promise to deliver shifts the focus and dependency onto the wrong person. By setting our desires on another person, our hope can become a disappointment, an unmet expectation and even a demand that is impossible to enforce.
On the other hand, the hope we have in Jesus is not only possible but certain and secure! Our hope is based on Truth and a promise that He has given us that we hold onto by faith.
The Word of God does not say to “hope in” people. The Bible is clear that our only true hope should be in the Lord! What a wonderful shift in thinking when we release another person from the hope that they will be the one to make us happy!
Read these five verses and be encouraged that even through heartbreak, we are never hopeless!
The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
1 Timothy 4:10
That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope,
God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.