Our souls will only be as stable as the object of their hope. If we are hoping in circumstances to work out our way, people to “come through” for us, or even our emotions to remain pleasant, we are standing on shaky ground. All these things can shift and fail without warning. If our focus is upon them, we will likely feel optimistic as long as they appear firm. But if they fail, so will our strength.
Only God is an adequate object for our hope. He is not like a man that He should change His mind (Numbers 23:19). He cannot lie (Titus 1:2). And He cannot be overpowered. By His mere word, Jesus Christ upholds the universe (Hebrews 1:3). Indeed, because He is perfect, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He cannot be improved upon, nor diminish. He alone is stable.
It is with good reason, therefore, that the author to the Hebrews wrote, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23). Because the Promiser is stable in keeping His promises, we are to remain stable by remembering Him and His promises.
If you feel tossed about like a leaf in the wind, consider where you are placing your hope. Is it in the shifting winds of circumstance and emotion? Or is it in the unshifting Orderer of the winds?