Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
Habakuk 3:17-18 17Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
This guy was in a bleak time, but he knew His God. I don't believe it was by strong will and with beating himself into joy that he made this statement. Habakuk could write this verse because he knew his God. That God is bigger than any problem. Not just bigger but glorious and worthy of all praise. Able to give joy to any who look to Him.
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Hope is not a wish. Hope knows the promises and the God who gave them. Hope overcomes the world and the waves of the storm. Hope is seen with the eyes of the heart through the Holy Spirit. Hope is given by the One True God who does not lie. Hope is in Christ, nailed to a cross to pay for our sin, dead in the tomb and on the third day risen from the dead. Hope doesn't die, but rises from death. HOPE in Christ and watch your spirit rise from the death of a vision, a dream. Hope and Rejoice.
Get your hopes up. God is able.