May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
–Romans 15:13 NIV
Hype is the world’s version of hope. Hype comes from motivational speakers, positive thinking, and self-help books, which are all intended to incite powerful emotional feelings of euphoria and power. They can work for a short period of time, but when the rubber meets the road and things get tough, hype doesn’t last.
When the frustration of unmet expectations sets in, hype falls flat. Hype is dependent on circumstances, emotions, and individual perception—all of which change more quickly than the weather.
However, hope is different. Hope is a deep-rooted knowing in the depth of your being that no matter the situation, you’re going to be okay. In spite of all the obstacles, all the pain, and all the frustrations in seemingly insurmountable circumstances, there is still peace in your soul. Hope gives us a peace that makes no sense to the world and cannot be explained. You just know that you know that you know true peace. This hope comes only from God. He is ready to give you this hope and peace if you just ask Him for it.
Hype depends on you, what you can do. Hope knows that on our own we can’t do anything. Hype boasts in our strengths; hope rests in our weaknesses. Hype vs. hope, one mimics the other. Don’t be distracted by the counterfeit; instead, pursue hope—the real thing.
- Don’t get caught up in hype; hold out for hope.
- Believe, believe, and believe some more. Rest in His care.