Pathway to Hope #5
How to Choose Hope.
You have just had the chance to read some words of hope about God—solid truths you can believe and hold on to. But, as I alluded to in the last Pathway, finding hope in God brings us to something that is difficult for many people to get past—the fact that God is unseen.
For many, trying to bridge this gap feels like trying to leap across the Grand Canyon.
Yet here is the reality: we find the most certain of hopes when we call upon the unseen God.
This statement sounds so ironic, but it’s true. Even though we can’t see God with our eyes (though I believe we see signs of a Designer everywhere) we find hope that is real and lasting when we put our faith in him. By “faith,” I mean we rely in him or trust in him, just like you would another person—but much more.
Millions, even billions, of people have found hope in God through the centuries. If you recall, I began doing so when I was five years old—just an ordinary kid in the Midwest calling out to God of the cosmos. Yet he answered.
Here’s how you take the first step: ask God to reveal himself to you. Is that your desire? Then tell him! It sounds so simple, but it’s the way he works.
It may sound risky, but like me, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
You do this through prayer—prayer is simply talking to God. You can pray out loud, or you can do it silently. There is no right or wrong way to do it.
Perhaps, you have prayed before, but it’s been a long, long time. Nevertheless, have confidence that God will listen to you. As he says, “Then you will call upon me and come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”1
As these words reveal, you can be certain you will find him, when you seek him, “with all your heart.”
God stands ready to meet with you. As he says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”2
This image shows having a meal with God—something casual and relational. By asking him to come in, indeed, hope has arrived for you (for more about the story behind the name, visit our story).
I encourage you to allow God to answer you in his timing, and in his own way. You can relax, because the pressure is off you.
You might be thinking, I feel really weird and vulnerable asking this. I assure you, you are in the best of places.
If you still are not ready to take this step, that’s ok. Taking time to think about it is understandable, but the only loss would not be to ask.
If you want a full explanation of how to have a relationship with God right now, check out this article.
The hope I found is available for you. God never intended that you would suffer without hope. He is ready, right now, to walk with you through cancer—or really any other difficult thing you experience.
Your prayer could be as simple as, “God, I ask you to reveal yourself to me and show me your hope.” The specific words are not as important as the attitude of your heart. I’m sure whatever words I prayed when I was five years were not that profound—I can pretty much guarantee it ☺
By doing this, you are taking a critical step. If you’ve taken this step, good things are coming and I am so excited for you.
What may have seemed like an impossible canyon—the canyon of belief—can now be bridged.
In the next Pathway, I’m going to tell you more about Jesus—the one the Bible calls, “The Living Hope.” He is the one who helps us reach the other side of the canyon.
Yours for hope,
Founder of Hope Has Arrived
Three steps you can take:
Ponder: How are you feeling about asking God to reveal himself to you? Apprehensive, excited, expectant?
Remember: We find the most certain of hopes when we call upon the unseen God.
Consider: these words of hope…“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”