March 3, 2022

Rob Campbell
“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.”
Micah 7:7

The first six verses of Micah 7 speak of Israel’s misery. The reader experiences a whirlwind of emotions as the author cites various dreadful scenarios. Verse seven pivots to the prophetic rise of Israel. The chapter ends with prayer and praise.

Notice the word “hope.”

My hunch is that we’ve all been hopeless at one time or another. In these current days, hopelessness is present in every nook and cranny around the globe. Hopelessness will probably visit our door many times this side of heaven.

Proverbs states, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick….”

What’s the opposite of hope? For you, maybe it’s fear, doubt, discouragement, disbelief, despondency, or disheartenment. Warren Bennis—legendary organizational expert, pioneer of modern leadership, military veteran, scholar, and authort—wrote, “The opposite of hope is despair, and when we despair, it is because we feel there are no choices.”

For most people, hope is something they do, but the Bible talks about hope as something you possess.

Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”