You’re My Only Hope

April 3, 2013 — 13 Comments

In the original Star Wars movie which is now considered Episode 4, Princess Leia sends a message to Obi-Wan Kenobi (via R2-D2) saying, “Help me Obi-Wan.  You’re my only hope.”

Hope is an interesting concept that is so often understated and misrepresented in today’s world.

I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow.  I hope the Phillies win the World Series.  I hope you have a good day.  It’s good to have hopes and dreams.

Over four years ago, Barack Obama ran for president on a platform of hope and change, and many looked to him as the hope for something different and better in their lives.  He may have brought a hope to many people, be he and all other leaders will ultimately fall short when it comes to bringing about a true and lasting hope.

In Psalm 62, we hear of the one true Hope worth following and pursuing:

Truly my soul finds rest in God;
    my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

How long will you assault me?
    Would all of you throw me down—
    this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
Surely they intend to topple me
    from my lofty place;
    they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
    but in their hearts they curse.[b]

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God[c];
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.

Surely the lowborn are but a breath,
    the highborn are but a lie.
If weighed on a balance, they are nothing;
    together they are only a breath.
Do not trust in extortion
    or put vain hope in stolen goods;
though your riches increase,
    do not set your heart on them.

One thing God has spoken,
    two things I have heard:
“Power belongs to you, God,
     and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”;
and, “You reward everyone
    according to what they have done.”

Psalm 62

In our efforts to bring hope to others around us, we must remember from where true hope comes.  It comes from God.  If we are to know hope and to share it with others, we must understand that there is truly only one hope.  It’s not from Obi-Wan Kenobi.  All other hopes will fall short.  Jesus Christ is our only hope.  Go after that Hope with all you’ve got, and you won’t be disappointed!

Do you need hope in you life right now?  What are you hoping for today?

Jon Stolpe

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  • Steve Y

    “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness”. I think the writer of this old church favorite sums it up nicely.

    • Yes, Steve. I had many songs go through my head as I processed this post…”I lift my eyes up…Where does my hope come from?…My hope comes from You!” Great addition to the conversation. Thanks!

  • We really water the word Hope down, much like we do love. There’s a huge difference between hoping we get X for supper and having the Hope that is sure in our lives. Good stuff, Jon.

    • Thanks, Larry. It’s my own “Dueceology” – a hope that makes you think twice.

  • I just quoted Princess Leia yesterday in a game of freeze tag! Good thoughts, Jon.The hope we find in Him alone has carried me through so much.

    • What kind of freeze tag would cause you to quote Princess Leia?

  • I hope the new Star Wars films are amazing! Most excellent post!

    • Thanks, Rob. I’m looking forward to the new Star Wars movies as well. More than that, I’m looking forward to the RobShep.com movie reviews!

  • David

    I’m hoping to rediscover hope. Not that things are hopeless but life gets so busy we sometimes lose ourselves in the shear busyness of life. As I am looking to “change” some things, I’m trying to figure out what I’m wanting that change to be. If I can rediscover some hopes and dreams long lost to the busier season just past then it might help guide me to something new or at least rediscover some lost passion anew.

    • I can definitely relate to the busy thing. Our family is running from one thing to the next to the next.

  • Great post. God is sovereign. God’s will will prevail. Hope will be fulfilled. I just pray that I can be an instrument that makes that happen and not stand in its way.

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