Borrowed Hope

“Borrowed hope.”

I was grabbing a soda with a new acquaintance last week, listening to her story about what God is doing in her life.  During her tales of how the Spirit is working through and in her life, she said this phrase, “borrowed hope.”

She talked about how, when she did not believe in herself, a friend was encouraging her not to give up.  She told my friend to “borrow hope” from someone who does believe in her.

Borrow hope.

Isn’t that GREAT?  To borrow hope from someone.  I love that.  That evokes something in me.  I’ve had plenty of times where I felt like I didn’t believe life was going to work out, yet God still came through for me.  Those were times when I needed to have hope that came from beyond my own resources.  Time and time again, God has proved that He is faithful.   In a lot of those times, my family and friends have provided hope for me when I didn’t have any.  I just didn’t do a good job of recognizing it.

You might not agree with me.  Well, borrow some hope.  If not from me, then scrape some hope from this.

Psalm 22:5
They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed.

Psalm 33:20
We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

Romans 5:3-5

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

And maybe THE BEST ONE that fits this post:

Hebrews 10:22-24

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful  and let us consider hwo we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

May you have the courage to borrow hope from someone.  If you can’t believe in the hope the LORD gives right now, borrow a bit from someone who does.  (I don’t think Jesus is going to mind much.)


About Brian Swanson

Christ follower. Screw up. Stained with grace. Ruined by Jesus.
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1 Response to Borrowed Hope

  1. Lindsay says:

    Love this! You just gave me inspiration for a poem, my friend. 🙂

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