Can You Have Too Much Hope?

“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” (Romans 5:5)

“Mom, we have too much hope,” my son said. “Too much hope!”

Can you have too much hope? Josh and I were walking through a local discount store when I excitedly discovered a large wooden cut out of the word HOPE. The ‘E’ was a bit loose and there was a scratch, but it would look perfect in my house. This is when my son replied, “We have too much hope!” And a shopper near us gave me an odd look, not seeing the item I’d picked up.

When Rest Ministries began HopeKeepers small group years ago I started collecting things that said “Hope.” Even as you walk up to my front door you will see a red metal sign in the window that says “HOPE.” Now, you can’t walk through my house without seeing some form of the word HOPE in a knick knack, a plaque, or just wooden cut out. I have hope that is comforting country and hope that glitters. It’s a nice comforting reminder that there is always hope.

And what is hope? Can we have too much hope? Romans says, “And hope does not disappoint us” but most of us would have to admit that we’ve been disappointed more than a few times in our life when we hoped for something and didn’t get it. Why is that? Because hope is only as strong as what we put our hope into!

If our hope is in materialistic things, decisions made my our medical staff, or our expectations of others, we will be disappointed. Even when we put our hope into God’s plans, we will be disappointed. Our hope must be in God alone and who He is–not what He can do for us–and then we will find that He will pour out His love.

And no, you cannot have too much hope! God wants our hope to “overflow–by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

Prayer: Lord, You are my full source of hope! Remind me to always put my hope in You and not in my own plans, no matter how worthy they seem.

About the Author:
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries. She lives in San Diego with her husband and 8-year-old son. Her new book is “How to Start a Chronic Illness Small Group Ministry” is the perfect place to start if you are considering beginning a small group ministry in your church or community.

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Have you ever wondered if you had “too much hope?” If perhaps you hope was unreasonable or wasted? How does your hope differ in God versus things or outcomes?

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