“‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him’” (Lam. 3:24).
Human optimism bases its hopes on what I can do and how much I can take on—a kind of human omnipotence. There’s also a sense in which an impersonal force in the universe will make all things work out in the end. While the pessimist doubts God’s goodness and power to rescue him, the optimist, at one level or another, doesn’t believe he’s in need of that much help at all. And this is scandalously anti-gospel.
So what is God’s cure for his optimistic son? I believe it is to workload him and overwhelm him with so many difficulties and conundrums that he is wrecked with despair and begins to doubt that he can even successfully get out of bed in the morning on his own. God compels His child to cry out for help and to cling to Him for hope. The Lord is going after the pride that rules my heart (time to confess which camp I fall into) and will not allow me to walk this earth as a superman.
More than anything, my loving heavenly Father wants my prayer to be: “‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him’” (Lam. 3:24). Hope in HIM, not myself. There is room for only one savior in my life and that is Jesus Christ.