Trust vs. Hope

One Scripture that has always caught my attention is from Habakkuk, a minor prophet in the Old Testament:

“Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
GOD, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.”
Habakkuk 3:17-19

To me that passage speaks of standing firm on God’s word when everything around us is in confusion, unrest, division, fear and doubt. This transition of power in our nation has been traumatic for many of us – several “January surprises” have already happened and we have another week of January!!

Many people talk of hope and less people talk about trust. According to the secular definition, hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. As a verb, definitions include “to expect with confidence” and “to cherish a desire with anticipation.”

However, the secular definition of trust has three slightly different definitions:

  1. firm belief in the character, strength, or truth of someone or something;
  2. a person or thing in which confidence is placed;
  3. confident hope.

It is easier to have trust in God when things are going well, there is peace and order, and people care for each other. When chaos, division, confusion abound, there is an atmosphere of fear and doubt and uncertainty about the future, which questions if anyone, even God, is in control.

Yet, Habakkuk urges us to “rejoice in the LORD; take joy in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength: He makes my feet like the deer’s; makes me tread on my high places.” When we trust the Lord in all things, confident hope abounds and because God lives, we can face tomorrow.

Blessings, Joyce