But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7 NIV
What is the difference between hoping, wishing, and wanting? I think I use these words interchangeably when I talk, somehow thinking they all mean the same thing. However, they are very different in meaning. I looked up the words on Dictionary.com and this is what it said:
- HOPE – A person or thing in which expectations are centered. Belief, confidence, dependence, expectancy, faith, and security were all synonyms of the word hope.
- WISH – To want; desire; long for. A few of the synonyms were, longing, request, thirst, and whim.
- WANT – Deficient in some part, thing, or respect. The synonyms were, absent, bankrupt, bereft, and devoid.
When I looked at the definitions, I noticed that of the three words only hope was dependent on someone else, not me. I like that. My hope isn’t based on anything I can do. It is totally and completely based in someone else – Jesus, and what He already did!
Before I knew Jesus as my Savior, I knew I wanted something more in my life, that something was missing. I just didn’t know what that void was, much less how to fill it. So I tried filling that void with other things.The more I tried to fill the void, the bigger it felt. Solomon, who was the wisest man that ever lived, said, “…Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” Ecclesiastes 1:2 This was true for me. On the outside my life seemed very full, but in my soul and spirit I was empty. I didn’t need something, I needed someone!
During the time that I was searching for something more, I noticed a friend of mine that seemed so “satisfied” and I longed for that in my life. It wasn’t that she had everything all together. She didn’t. But she had a peace and a joy that didn’t depend on her circumstances. That is what I was missing and I didn’t know what I could do to get it.
Have you ever felt that way? Longing for something more, wanting peace in your life? Trying to fill that void with everything imaginable? Is that where you are? Guess what? You can have that today!! Right now, at this very moment! The really great news is that you don’t have to do ANYTHING. It has already been done! I know you’ve heard about it and probably even celebrate His life.
Luke 2:11 tells us, “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” We celebrate His birth every year on December 25th! All you have to do is believe! Believe that Jesus is who He says He is. “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
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Lord Jesus, thank you that you died so that everyone who believes will be saved. Amen.
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