Our problem is not so much that God doesn't give us what we hope for as it is that we don't know the right thing for which to hope. (You may want to read that sentence again.)
Hope is not what you expect [but] a wild, improbable tale with a pinch-me-I'm-dreaming ending. It's Abraham adjusting his bifocals so he can see not his grandson but his son. It's Moses standing in the promised land not with Aaron or Miriam at his side but with Elijah and the transfigured Christ....
Hope is not a granted wish...[but] a zany, unpredictable dependence on a God who loves to surprise us out of our socks and be there in the flesh to see our reaction.This is from Max's God Came Near book.
For you that don't know the story, Abraham and his wife, Sarah were not able to have children. But God promised that they would have a son, which seemed very doubtful to Abraham and Sarah. They waited and they waited and there was no baby. But, the promise did come true. Their son was born when Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90. Yes, you read that correctly. They were old! Do you suppose they had given up HOPE? In fact when they got pregnant, they both laughed! So they named their son, Isaac, which means laughter.
The mention of Moses is another "that's impossible" story that you might just want to read in the Bible!
Bottom line: God always keeps His promises. And, there is always hope. Sometimes we have to wait and sometimes we have to look for hope without blinders on our eyes.
I love that last sentence in the devotional so I'll repeat it again and leave you pondering...
Hope is not a granted wish...[but] a zany, unpredictable dependence on God who loves to surprise us out of our socks and be there in the flesh to see our reaction.