We toss around the word “may” with hope, uncertainty, or cynicism. We mention it as a qualifier. Yes, something is possible, but it may or may not happen.
Perhaps we get it wrong. “May” is less about us and more about the certainties of God. We can claim God’s provision and allowance as we approach Him.
May the Lord be praised! He has given rest to His people Israel according to all He has said. Not one of all the good promises He made through His servant Moses has failed. May the Lord our God be with us as He was with our ancestors. May He not abandon us or leave us so that He causes us to be devoted to Him, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commands, statutes, and ordinances, which He commanded our ancestors. May my words I have made my petition with before the Lord be near the Lord our God day and night, so that He may uphold His servant’s cause and the cause of His people Israel, as each day requires. (1 Kings 8:56-59, emphasis added)
With God’s “may,” we always have hope and sometimes uncertainty, but never cynicism.