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Gregory L. Jantz (@GregoryJantzPHD) Speaks to Those Who Have Been Wounded by Hope

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We’ve all experienced a hope that was unfulfilled. Waiting is never easy. Hope begins to wane as we realize our hopes will not be realized. But for some people, unrealized hopes have become a wound and a prison that keeps them from hoping in God. The worst kind of pain comes from being afraid to hope in God because He seems to have disappointed us in the past.

Dr. Gregory L. Jantz wants to speak to those who have been wounded by hope and feel they can no longer trust God. His book, Gotta Have It!: Freedom from Wanting Everything Right Here, Right Now, deals with our excessities—the things, even necessities like food, that we turn to in excess (excess + necessities = excessities) to help us cope with the various voids in our lives. One of these voids people can try to fill is the loss of hope.

If that’s you, check out the message Dr. Jantz has for you.

Book Excerpt

Prisoners of Hope

I want to speak to those who have been wounded by hope. Maybe you have hoped desperately for something that didn’t come. Maybe you hoped that God would provide something or remove something or enable something that didn’t take place. You are wounded, and the easy promises of an excessity seem so much more compelling than a God you think has stopped caring about you. You have been battered and bruised by life and circumstances and feel abandoned by others and by God.

To you I would say that no matter what has happened, God is still your refuge. Don’t give up on Him because what you so desperately wanted didn’t happen. The loss of what you wanted does not mean a loss of His love. A “no” to your plea is not the same as “I don’t love you.” The hope for what you wanted to happen may have died, but your hope and faith in God’s love don’t need to die along with it. While God may have said no to what you asked for, He will never say no to you.

In the book of Lamentations, the prophet Jeremiah was told a very big “no” by God. No, God would not step back from the destruction coming to Jerusalem and Judah. After coming to grips with this reality, Jeremiah wrote: “So I say, ‘My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the Lord.’ I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail” (2:18-22). As with Jeremiah, your hope for something may be gone, but hope itself still lives on because of how much God loves you.

Listen to this God who loves you, your Father in heaven, who has always planned for your hope in Him to be fulfilled: “Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you” (Zech. 9:12). If you are a prisoner of hope because of some trauma, tragedy, disappointment, or defeat, return to God, your fortress. Your excessities cannot protect you from the pain. Only God can comfort you and restore your hope through His unfailing love.

–Gregory L. Jantz, Gotta Have It!, quote from Chapter 12: God Provides Hope.


I’ll admit I was touched by this passage. It struck something deep within me that resonated as a truth I needed to hear. Let’s talk about hope in the comments section today.

Is hope difficult for you because of disappointments in the past? Or are you confident in the hope you place in God, even if your hopes go unfulfilled? Also, if you have ever felt disappointed by God, tell us how you got over it.


You can connect with Dr. Gregory L. Jantz on Twitter (@GregoryJantzPhD) or visit his website at:

Gotta Have It!: Freedom from Wanting Everything Right Here, Right Now is available from Amazon for Kindle or from for ePub. Read my review of Gotta Have It!


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  1. Hello there.
    We are playing right into Satan’s hands when we lose hope. God loves us…he sent His only-begotten son to earth to die for us so we might have our sins forgiven and the hope of everlasting life on earth (John 3:16). We have to remember we are on God’s timetable, not our own. Even if His promises seem delayed to us, they have/will all come true (Psalms 37:11, 29; Hababbuk 2:3; Revelation 21:4). So we do not give up hope. We show our appreciation for Jesus’ ransom sacrifice by enduring to the endendure (Matthew 24:13; Romans 5:5-8).
    Thanks for sharing.

    Entrepreneurial Goddess

    • Christy

      April 12, 2015

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      Greetings, Entrepreneurial Goddess. I appreciate your well-thought-out comment, supported with Scripture! I agree with you, but not everything we hope for will come true and when you’re the one with unfulfilled hopes, it can be painful, regardless of your faith. Thanks for stopping by. Come again soon!

  2. Carrie-Anne

    April 13, 2015

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    It’s difficult to have to learn that sometimes the answer to a prayer is “no” or “not yet,” and that our prayers aren’t always answered in the exact way we’d hoped. And yet sometimes those unexpected answers and outcomes prove to be better in the long run, and take our lives in pathways we never dreamt of.

    I used to think I was an agnostic/borderline atheist in junior high, but now I realise I was just really angry at God and blaming God for how I was bullied. I also blamed God for giving me the chickenpox at age fourteen, one year before the vaccine finally came out. I thought I was being punished for losing interest in religion. You can’t doubt the existence of someone you feel such strong emotions towards, even if they’re not positive emotions! In November of 1994, during my first year of high school, I started coming back to faith.

    • Christy

      April 13, 2015

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      What a great testimony, Carrie-Anne! Thank you for sharing it with us. I’ve had some similar experiences with being angry at God and blaming Him. I recently realized I couldn’t trust God with my circumstances because I blamed Him for my circumstances. God is big enough to handle our negative emotions toward Him. We are free to argue it out with Him until He brings it to a place of peace–and He will, if we lean into Him in our anger.

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