In my recent book, “The Eighth Page,” I discuss understanding that hope is based in something bigger than us. Much bigger. Something that’s sovereign and immovable. Something untouched by everything that we could touch it with as a means of destroying it.
“Pausing and scanning the landscape for a moment, he turned back to little David and with a subdued voice said, “You just have to have hope in something bigger than people, that’s all. You have to have hope in something that’s so big that if everything you’ve got is taken from you, you’ll always have more than what was taken.”
You know, hope comes from knowing that there’s something bigger than whatever it is that we’ll face. Because if nothing’s bigger, or if what we have to face the challenges is the same size as the challenge itself, there’s not much hope in that. Hope is about a belief that we can overcome. Whatever that might be. An illness. An insecurity. A challenge in a relationship, or a job, or a future. Hope is about being able to overcome a challenge, or keep a challenge from happening the first place. However we look at it, it’s about overcoming.
I want something bigger than me. Bigger than anyone around me. Bigger than any resource that I can manufacture. Bigger than the promises of people, or the plans that they can devise, or the programs that they can fund, or the contingencies that they can put in place. And I want something bigger than all of that because there’s no guarantee that any of that can overcome. Most of the resources that we come to the table with are ideas based on the fact that whatever’s coming at us is bigger than what we have to fight it with. So we have to create something to fight it because we don’t have it. But I want something that you don’t need to create because it already exists. I want something that, of its very nature, is always and will always be bigger than anything in all of existence. And I find that resource in only one place…and that’s in God.