Did you know there are two kinds of hope? The first kind of hope is when you hope for some thing—like hoping for a new bike for Christmas or for an iPod™ for your birthday or for the money to go to summer camp. It’s okay to hope for those things. You don’t have to feel bad for hoping for those things. But when you put your hope in things, sometimes you get what you hope for and sometimes you don’t. And when you don’t get the things you hope for, it can make you feel really sad or even let down.

Well, guess what? There’s another kind of hope, an even better hope—hope in God. When you put your hope in God, you won’t be let down. Never. Ever. When you put your hope in God, you can know for sure that God will watch over you. You can trust that no matter what happens or doesn’t happen to you, God will be with you through it all. When you hope in God, He will give you new strength, Look at this verse from 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.

The kind of strength this verse is talking about won’t come from eating all your vegetables or exercising a lot. This kind of strength can only come from God. It says that when you hope in God, He will give you strength over and over again; He’ll renew your strength. He’ll give you strength to trust and hope in Him. He will give you new strength to keep going when you feel sad or feel like giving up.

So, the next time you have the chance to put your hope in something, put your hope in God. And watch to see what He does.

This devotional was written by:

Sara Richards

Sara Richards is the kids’ pastor at Church of the Open Door in Maple Grove, Minnesota. She has served kids and family in kids’ ministry for over eleven years. She is passionate about developing leaders and helping kids experience Jesus in their everyday lives. She loves hanging out with her three boys, watching her husband coach football, and relaxing by any body of water.