Hope involves moving past our emotions. We shift from being emotionally driven to truth driven. If scripture says a thing, it can be depended upon. For example, God promises to care for us into our old age. “Even to your old age, I am He, And even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you.” (Isaiah 46:4) It can hold our weight of faith. When an emotion gets presented with a new truth, the emotion shifts. Emotions can bend in a new direction after a conversation, a sermon, a dream.
Feelings of anger often stem from unforgiveness. There’s a root core belief, or conclusion from circumstances, or inherited attitude or decision or vow. In inner healing, these things can be addressed. As we give these matters over to God, He replaces them with a personal promise, or tool, or verse. Moving forward becomes a matter of trusting God’s character and His word. We can trust Him for His love, His peace and His joy – even in the midst of very difficult circumstances.
When God becomes our inner strength, hope is birthed. We nurture the truth of God’s strength as our strength in the middle of our weakness (2 Cor 12:9). Likewise, His light guides us through life’s journey, day by day (Psalm 48:14). He goes before us to establish our steps. He leads. He guides, He supports. All the while, He is redeeming us, cleansing us, and renewing a steadfast sprit in us (Psalm 51:10 NKJV). These facts outweigh our emotions. After we’ve been walking awhile, it becomes easier to see. These facts become our truth. We have our own stories of how God did these things for us.
This process develops “established hope” in us. This is God’s goal for all His children. We ask to become more like Jesus. God takes this prayer request seriously. He’s begins to build a foundation of faith. Our hope levels rise as He does His work. We partner with God by believing what He’s said and standing on His word. Daily we build on this foundation of trusting God’s truth over our emotions. Each day adds to the building process and our hope increases. Over time it becomes established fait