It’s Okay to Hope.

Do you find yourself up at night just pondering about all the possibilities your life may hold, all the plans God has planned for you. One scenario leads to another and bubbles of excitement and anticipation burst from within you causing you to smile into the darkness of your room. Like stars in the night sky, dreams upon dreams shine from within your heart, but morning comes and they hide, you hide.

As the morning light pierces in, the hope of the night dissipates like the morning dew but He’s not one to mess with our hearts. It’s not in His nature. Our dreams are His dreams. He dreams with us and like the stars in the sky, they don’t disappear.

Like a Father, His sole purpose in this life is to make sure that He loves us with the totality of His heart despite how “unloving” it may seem sometimes in our humanly eyes. And with that, to ensure that we know of His love but simply the knowledge and understanding of His love is not enough. Total belief in and dependence on It is what changes everything. His love is our hope. It’s the light at the end of the tunnel. We are the very reason He chose to die and rise. Death needed to be defeated because we were made to live with Him forever, starting now. He rose because we too need to rise. He is the essence of our existence and we are the root of His love.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

It’s all because of Him but every day He shows up and let’s us know that it’s because of us. We are the very reason He chose to create— to love.

create: bring (something) into existence

His desire to love (us) is what brought us to life. I know how prideful that, to claim such a place in God’s heart, may sound but all it does is humble my heart because He desires us to be there. Why did God create all that He did if not to love? We were created out of His love and for His love. We are His why, His reason, His purpose for doing all that He does. Just like us, He longs to be known and loved. We are His hope.

Recently, I was questioned as to why God would create the very thing that caused the downfall of humanity. Why evil? Why sin? Why the suffering? Why pain? Why the fall? If He loves us, why not protect us from it all? At first, I had no clue as to how to respond. Then it hit me. God didn’t create evil for our destruction and He didn’t allow the existence of sin for our destruction either. Sin is a byproduct of our decision to choose ourselves over God and the knowledge of it has not paved a way for our destruction like many of us believe but rather it has opened our eyes to our salvation. The existence of evil created the choice of freedom which is why God allowed us to fall in the beginning. He wanted us to have the choice to choose Him back and even more than that He wanted us to be like Him— in His image and likeness.  If Eve and Adam had never taken a bite of the forbidden fruit, we wouldn’t know right from wrong like God.

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In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Genesis 1:1-5

Before God created all that He did in the beginning, evil, darkness had already been created but He didn’t leave it at that; He separated it from the Light He spoke into existence because light and darkness cannot be one. Darkness only exists so that Light can be understood by mankind, and not only understood but known and chosen.

How do we recognize something as good if there’s nothing to compare it to?

Lucifer was the angel of Light. He was God’s most precious angel, but he chose himself over God and became Satan, an adversary to Light, darkness. He is the root of evil. God didn’t create sin, suffering or pain. All three are a byproduct of our downfall and we are the cause of our downfall. God never forced it upon us. God only allowed for us the opportunity to choose Him (or not) as He chose us because as I stated earlier, God longs to be known and loved. To know and love someone is a choice that cannot be forced. Without freewill we would never truly know God in His totality because we wouldn’t have the opportunity to know His love and in turn love Him back.

Now you may be asking, if God didn’t create it for our destruction then why does He allow it? It’s so easy for us to blame God, whether we claim to believe in Him or not, for the bad things that happen. Why would a loving God allow such horrible things to happen? Freewill. Freewill is not only given to those of a good and pure heart. Those with darkened hearts and evil intentions also have the power to choose to do what they please. God has the power to control all, but He doesn’t always choose to control it all.  If He did, our freewill would be a lie. Sometimes, people do bad things because they’ve chosen evil over righteousness. Sometimes bad things happen because this world is bad. God never promised us easy, He promised us to always be with us because He knows that on our own we won’t make it. Even Jesus needed the Father after He was tempted by Satan in the desert. Albeit, He had been fasting for forty days and forty nights but the point is that Jesus couldn’t make it in His own. He was tired and fatigued and I don’t know about you but I have felt like that many of times.

Then the devil left him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Matthew 4:11

God intervenes for His children, but we also need to understand like in any war innocent lives die too. This world is not perfect and because of this more than ever we can’t give up on the truth of His love. His love is unfailing and not only that It’s eternal. It’s our only hope.

Our life on earth is just a season of our existence. Heaven awaits. There’s more.

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We can do more than count on it like we do every time we wish upon a star. We can believe in it and we can trust in it because unlike a shooting star He doesn’t just pass us by with the hopes that we will see Him. He hovers over us like the sun and makes sure that we do see Him. I know that in life we get tired of waiting, but I think God gets more tired of waiting on us than we do on Him because if we think about it we only wait on Him because He has to wait on us. “If only they’d open their eyes and look up. Opened their hearts and let me in. If only they’d open their eyes and look up. Opened their hearts and let me in.”  Patiently, He waits for us to seek His face again, to hope again, to believe again. No good thing will He ever withhold from you and all He has is goodness in His heart for you. If it’s not good, it’s not done yet because He is the giver of the good and perfect. The pain you may feel now will not compare to His glory that will shine through your story (Romans 8:18), which leads me to this next thought. So many of us, including myself, have stopped hoping or have chosen to lose hope because of the pain disappointment has inflected upon us in the past. Sometimes it feels like God has indeed abandoned us. More so than ever this past year kept me in this position, under a dark cloud. But…

Could it be that some of our pain is caused because every time we fall or life trips us up we stay on the ground with our faces in our hands staring at the ground questioning it all? Could it be that we are hoping in the wrong place and trusting an idea or a feeling rather than reality or truth? Could it be that we keep running back to our own ways? Could it be that we continue to blame situations and continue to focus on the problem rather than praise the one who has made a way for us to witness His power and turn our gaze to the problem solver? Could it be that somewhere along the way we allowed the idea of our desires to become our hope and cornerstone? Could it just be that like Peter we started to doubt the one who called us out of the boat? Could it be that we are afraid but continue to feed ourselves fear rather than faith? Maybe we stepped out of the boat not because He called us, but because we started to see the water coming in and figured it would be better to take our chances on our own? What’s the point if the boat’s gonna sink, right? What we forget is that the water keeping the boat afloat is under the power of the one Who holds us. Maybe God is only allowing the water to fill the boat because we’ve fallen asleep and if we don’t get up the boat is going to go in the wrong direction. Just maybe our focus is in the wrong place and He needs us to believe we are going to drown in order for us to believe that He won’t let us down, but we give up on Him. We step out of the boat, out of His safety before He tells us to step out.

Peter stepped out of the boat because Jesus was already before Him. He goes before us, and He makes sure that we know He’s there. Faith is not blind, at least not spiritually.

“Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1

Faith is believing in the Spirit what we know to be true despite what the physical world around us is portraying. Don’t step out, till He tells you to do so. Your faith may not be strong enough to walk above the waters and you just might sink. Wait, wait on Him and while you wait praise. Praise is access to His presence and His presence is to see Him face to face and to see Him is what strengthens our inner man, our faith. Hoping is not what causes pain but rather Hoping without the proper faith in the proper place. This is not to say that life will be painless. Pain is promised while we abide on this earth but not all pain, self inflected pain, has the purpose to restore us and make us new. Sometimes, though, God will allow us to face hardships. Sometimes hardships are His protection from something worse or maybe even ourselves. Other times, they’re a lesson to be learned to produce growth. There is some hardship, though, that comes to destroy us but there is Hope, He is greater.

He has overcome. John 16:33

Pain is not the end, but the beginning of something greater.

He makes all things work together for our good. Romans 8:28

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When we learn to feel with the Spirit and not just with our emotions is when we too will overcome. The Spirit always feels the truth despite its surroundings. It sees beyond the horizon, beyond what’s there and foresees and believes in what’s to come because it’s already there. He’s already there. Dry bones rise, broken hearts become alive, darkened souls are filled with light. Hope. It’s okay to hope, He comes through even when we don’t. He’s faithful to bring to pass what He has already promised. He loves you and because of this you are more than a conqueror, always. Nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8).

If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself…The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”

2 Timothy 2:13, Jeremiah 31:3


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Here’s a few songs that I find ties along well with this post: You and You Alone by Upper Room and Satisfy by WorshipMob.

Thank you for allowing me to share what He places on my heart with you. I pray that these words pierce your heart and bring some light to your soul. Abba is with you always, He lives inside of you. Every up and down He experiences and feels with you.

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Again, thank you for reading. Leave a comment below letting me know your thoughts on this post and share with me what God has been speaking to you. I’d love to hear! Stay tuned, friends!

With Love,

Maali

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