but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:31 NIV
Our Hope Should Be in God
Fort Hope National Historic Site of Canada is situated in the town of Hope in southern British Columbia. A Hudson’s Bay post surrounded by a stockade was constructed here facing the Fraser River. When the boundary settlement of 1846 determined that the mouth of the Columbia would be American territory, that river became impractical as a supply route for the Hudson’s Bay Company. Instead, goods were brought up the Fraser from Fort Langley to the head of navigation, where Fort Hope was built in 1848-49.
It is tragic when someone runs out of hope. Too often hopelessness leads to untimely death and the grief that follows. So much of life depends on having hope – for ourselves and for our loved ones. The challenge comes in that in this life, hope can be fleeting. We put our hope in our possessions and these can so easily be lost. We put our hope in a human being, and that person disappoints us, or death takes them from us. I have seen the results of this kind of destroyed hope far too often. The Bible gives us the only completely trustworthy place of hope. We read this in Isaiah 40:31: “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” When we put our hope in our Creator God, not only will we never be disappointed, we discover that we enjoy a fullness of life that we never knew existed. In the hope that Jesus gives, we are able to overcome whatever challenges life sends our way.
These have been words from the heart.