our hope is in Him.

I believe in a God who heals.

I believe in a God of hope.

If I'm being honest, though, a part of me is afraid to hope for healing from depression.  If I have no expectations, any healing I do experience will be a welcome surprise.  If I hope for healing and it doesn't happen, though, I will be left disappointed.  

When I shared this thought with my pastor, she glanced at me with a look of understanding and slowly nodded her head.  "I've walked both roads," she said, "and I know we as followers of Jesus are called to walk in the light.  Hope comes from God, so choosing not to hope means choosing to walk in darkness."  

Her words carried the weight of wisdom and I agreed with her response.  Even so, I couldn't help but wonder why God would ask us to hope for healing.  It's one thing for one to know a fact.  It's quite another to believe in that fact with one's whole heart.  

The truth is, our prayers are not always answered in the way we would like.  Sometimes, healing doesn't come this side of Heaven.  How can we hope for healing when it is not guaranteed?  Doesn't it make sense that one's faith weaken in response to unanswered prayers?  

If you're struggling with these questions, be honest with God.  Lay all your doubts out before Him and wait to hear His still, small voice.  Ask God to speak to your heart as you take a few minutes to read through Lamentations 3: 19-33 (MSG).  

I don't pretend to have all the answers to these questions, but I do believe God gives us greater understanding through this passage from His Word. 

For Jesus doesn’t change—yesterday, today, tomorrow, he’s always totally himself.
— Hebrews 13:7-8 (MSG)

What if God isn't asking us to hope for healing, but to hope in Him?   When we choose to place our hope in a God who remains the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, it will not disappoint.