Hope Is Not Wishing

Hope is Not Wishing. It’s an expectation for something to happen.

Hope in fact is a demand. It’s a demand on your future; for your present to align and move towards a specific result. This makes hope one of the boldest forces known to man.

Boldness is the requirement for hope. Because of this, hope is not for the timid. It’s a special force reserved for those willing to substitute passive dreaming for intentional momentum. Those that understand that their dreams mean nothing with action and that action without dreaming is pointless.

Let’s be clear. Our language shouldn’t be “I wish I could get a new job.” Or “I wish something would work out in my favor”. Wishing is uncertain. It’s so hands off. Let’s change that same statement to “I expect a new job”. Feel that passion and energy? That my friend is hope. 

If you can conquer your timidity and move from wishing to expecting, you’ll see the whole world open up for you in a way it hasn’t before.

“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.”

Hebrews 11:1

Infamously quoted, but often misunderstood, Hebrews 11:1 archetypes faith as the substance of things that are hoped for. Listen again. Things are hoped for! They are not haphazardly given. They are expected. Things are expected. Healing is expected. Wealth is expected. Salvation is expected. Friendship is expected. Wives are expected. Things are not given by coincidence. They are received by hope.

Even in your lowest moments of faith, don’t let hope die.

In Jeremiah 29:11, God says, “I know the thoughts that I think toward you…thoughts…to give you an expected end.” He can’t bring you to anything you’re not expecting. Frankly put; you can’t handle it. It will shock and blow your mind until the point that you’ll fumble the blessing and leave it for someone else to pick up.

Pray Your Expectation

It only sounds arrogant if you’re insecure about your relationship with God, but today change your language and say this out loud. 

“I expect {insert bold prayer you’ve been scared to pray}”

Prayer of Expectation