Get Your Hopes Up

By Rebecca Bradley

A few years ago, I entered into a season where God began calling me to dream again. During this time, God began giving me desires and those desires soon turned into dreams that I began to believe God for. 

I was at church one Sunday when this began to happen and my Campus Pastor’s daughter, Khyla (who was around 9 at the time) wrote me a letter that said: “Dear Rebecca, you are my BFF. Hope the dream is to come to you”. She had no idea what God had been stirring in my heart and just how powerful her letter was. As time went by, there were definitely days where I was discouraged – but I made the decision that I was going to set my eyes on God’s Word and her letter as I waited for God to fulfill the word He had spoken to me.

You see, God will often speak to us in ways that will excite our hearts and get us to have more vision for our future – this is like a seed falling into the soil. But after the Lord gives us a word or a dream, there is often a time of waiting before we see the harvest come. It can be hard whenever our reality doesn’t yet match what God has spoken to us – but did you know that God’s promises have no expiration date? No matter how long we wait, He is always working and faithful to do just as He said. It can be so tempting to move on behalf of God and try to get things done in our own strength instead of waiting on Him – but scripture promises us that when we wait for Him, He will move on our behalf.

Isaiah 64:4 says, “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.”

It’s one thing to know that you are waiting, but it’s another thing to know God is working. Yet it doesn’t stop there; we get the opportunity to partner with God by preparing as we wait. You see, preparing for something that you can’t see is an act of faith! I think about David and how he got anointed as King, yet he didn’t become King immediately. He had to prepare. What God did in David during his season of preparation was the key for him to steward the promise well – and it is the same for you and me. David’s ability to learn stewardship in the midst of waiting revealed his submission to the One whose heart He truly sought after.

Even in the middle of longing to see with our eyes all that we see in our hearts, Jesus is worthy to be trusted. So wait on Him. Wait with confidence. Wait with expectation. But also surrender while you wait – knowing that out of all the things Jesus could ever give us, the most precious gift He’s given us is Himself. May that always be our greatest treasure.

Like David, the dream didn’t come immediately for me – but I can tell you that I am walking in the reality of that dream today. So what dream are you believing in God for? What promise are you waiting to see fulfilled? Write it down, set it before your eyes, hold on to it, and don’t let it go. As you set your eyes on the promise, begin to speak it out and declare it over your life until your dreams become the reality that you are walking in.

“For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hurries toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it delays, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay long.” – Habakkuk 2:3

June 1, 2024