Joni and Friends Blog
Place Your Hope in Him
“But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.”
When we load all our hopes, dreams, and expectations into the here and now, without taking eternity into account, we subtly ask people in our lives to be what they will never be and to do what they are incapable of doing. We make the mistake of seeing our relationships as ends in themselves rather than as means to ends. This is especially true of marriage. Don’t think of marriage as a container for your happiness; think of it as a workroom for God to get you ready for the age to come. Don’t think of marriage as the missing puzzle piece in your life that will magically complete you. Only God can complete you! Don’t expect your spouse to make you happy, meet all your needs, or understand you through and through. Those are things only God is equipped to do. Place your hopes and expectations in Him. He will never disappoint you.
Father in heaven, You know my heart. You know my tendency to place such high expectations on the people in my life. If only I would turn to You first! Help me to release those unrealistic hopes and fantasies and simply to love and enjoy the companionship of the loved ones You have given me.
After 30 years of marriage, Ken and Joni offer readers a rare and candid account of their journey through quadriplegia, depression, pain, and cancer – and reveal a hope founded on God’s grace alone. Let their story inspire and encourage your own life and marriage!