Hope is to our soul what energy is to our body. Just like our bodies must have energy to keep going, our souls must have hope to keep going.
When our body needs energy, we eat food. But when our soul needs hope, what do we feed it? Promises.
Why do we feed our soul promises? Because promises have to do with our future, and hope is something we only feel about the future —about ten minutes from now, or ten months, or ten thousand years.
We’re never hopeful about the past. We can be grateful for the past. The past can inspire or even guarantee a hopeful future for us. But all the wonderful things that have happened to us in the past will not fuel our hope if our future looks bleak.
However, if our future is promising, our soul will be hopeful even if our present is miserable, because hope is what keeps the soul going.
So, we “eat” promises, which our soul digests (believes) and converts to hope.