Dreaming of future possibilities is so closely related to hope that it’s impossible to hope without dreaming. Yet, real hope isn’t full of blind dreams. It’s mature dreaming because it is rooted in God. Therefore, you could say that hope is the ability to dream with God.
Hope Loves To Dream
“When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.” Psa. 126:1-3
Real hope gives us reason for joy because it brings our attention to God’s greatness. Our hope soars as we set our minds on the great things that God has done. Real hope is never a shot in the dark. Since our hope is set on the living God, it is certain (1 Tim. 4:10). When we are like those who dream, our hearts are glad and full of godly contentment. It is those who dream with God the most that have the most hope.
Like wisdom, hope is always future-oriented (Rom. 5:2; Rom. 8:24-25). Hope faces the future with optimism and anticipation because it is locked into God — a God who gives us hope (Psa. 62:5; Rom. 15:13). 2 Thessalonians 2:16 says that He gives us hope through grace.
Hope Displays Maturity
Hope not only comes through grace, it is a sign of the heavenly grace working within us. In fact, real hope is heavenly-minded (Col. 1:5) and locked into future grace (Col. 1:27). To a person that is not spiritual, such focus may seem unreasonable and unpractical but the Bible calls it “sober-minded” and prepared (1 Pet. 1:13). Hope is solid preparation for tomorrow; practical thinking for the true disciple of Jesus.
Hope is produced in our hearts through endurance in and the encouragement of truth (Rom. 15:4). If what you have persevered in hasn’t produced hope in your heart, then something is out of order.
Hope is the face of godly character. In Romans 5:3-5, the Apostle Paul teaches us that hardship trains us to endure, which in turn develops character in us. And it is character that allows hope to fill the perspective of our hearts. This is refined, mature hope. It is this hope that does not disappoint us or put us to shame. It is this hope that bubbles up out of God’s love by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the hope that dreams with God.
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for twenty years, and is the proud father of two boys.