Though I’ve never owned a hope chest, God used one to speak a profound spiritual truth to me at a time when I needed it desperately.
A hope chest traditionally holds the contents of a bride-to-be's future home. Whether simple or ornate, nestled inside each hope chest are treasures such as new linens, fine china and silverware, along with something intangible--the dreams and hopes of a woman's heart.
Eleven years. It's a long time to pray a specific prayer without an answer. It's a long time to maintain faith that the One who hears all prayers has heard yours. It's a long time to hold on to hope. And frankly, hopelessness had begun to bombard my heart.
So, God spoke to me through a dream:
A beautiful wooden hope chest rested at the foot of my bed. In the middle of the night, a thief broke in through my bedroom window, tiptoed to my hope chest, and silently lifted the lid. He stolel everything inside, leaving it completely empty.
When I awoke, the Spirit of the Lord told me that Satan was stealing my hope; in this particular situation, the enemy wanted to leave me hopeless. John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only in order that he may steal and may kill and may destroy.”
After this dream, I realized that hope is something that we need to make a diligent effort to hold on to. Hope is a provision from the Lord that will keep us going when our circumstances tempt us to feel hopeless. Hope keeps our dreams alive. Hebrews 6:19 calls hope “an anchor of the soul”. It prevents us from drifting into the sea of hopelessness.
Proverbs 29:18 tells us “Where there is no vision the people perish.” Hopeless people have no vision for the future. People who commit suicide do so because they have lost all hope.
Are you looking at a situation that seems absolutely hopeless? Does it seem as though your hopes are as good as dead?
I’m convinced God doesn’t mind when we look at our situations and realize that the facts seem hopeless. We cannot pretend away our circumstances. However, we mustn’t allow the situation to sway us concerning God’s ability. We can magnify the power and the ability of the Lord to do that which is seemingly impossible in our situation. We can face the facts, yet refuse to give up our hope!
Next week: Part two.